Athletistic/Tennis. Russian tennis player Karen Khachanov, the 11th racket in the world, lost in four sets in the Roland Garros quarter-final against the third racket in the world from Serbia Novak Djokovic. The athletes’ meeting ended with a score of 6:4, 6:7 (0:7), 2:6, 4:6.
The tennis players spent 3 hours and 39 minutes on the court. During the match, Karen Khachanov scored seven aces, converted two out of ten break points and committed four double faults. Novak Djokovic has ten aces, four break points out of eight and five double faults.
The Serbian tennis player became the first Roland Garros semi-finalist. In the 1/2 final, he will play with the winner of the encounter between the first racket in the world from Spain Carlos Alcaras and the fifth racket in the world from Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas.
It should be noted that Djokovic won his 90th career match at Roland Garros. This is the first Grand Slam tournament in which the Serb has managed to reach this mark.
In the other three big tennis starts, Novak Djokovic only approaches 90 matches won: in each of the tournaments, the Serbian athlete has already won more than 80 matches. No tennis player in history has shown such a high and consistent performance.
Djokovic has reached his 12th semi-final at Roland Garros, and in total it is his 45th semi-final of the Grand Slam tournaments of his career: only the legendary Swiss Roger Federer has reached the semi-finals more – 46 times.
“I had a perfect tie-break, 7-0. You could say every point was perfectly timed. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I was lucky to have good tie-scores. break in my career. My opponents know it and I know it helps me psychologically, I go to the tie-break realizing that I can have a psychological advantage, and I try to use it.
Yes, after the tie-break, something changed in him. Listen, I played the tie-break perfectly, he couldn’t take a single point. He got a little angry and I took advantage of the moment to take a break in the first game of the third set.
This happens when you have led long term and he has led consistently in the first two games. And then I played a few perfect minutes of tennis and I turned the game around, and the energy of the court shifted to my side. I felt that impulse, I became more relaxed, confident in my punches and attacks, and he slowed down a bit. It’s good. In five-set matches, inner confidence often gives way to doubt,” Djokovic told a press conference.
“You can take a lot of good things out of the tournament. No regrets, another good Grand Slam performance. I’ve said for years that my goal is to get back into the top ten. That’s not the main goal, but it’s still good that I achieved it. I’m going home with my head held high,” Khachanov said in a press conference after the match.
“At the end of the game, Karen was just tired. As I understand it, her legs just couldn’t hold up. If you take all of Khachanov’s encounters in his career with Djokovic, today was the best. very high quality, especially the first set, when he played fresh.
Then, of course, I got a little tired and missed the tie-break. Djokovic annoyed Khachanov very well with shorter ones. To win, you have to be physically a horse. At the end, Karen fought with a racket on her legs: it was clear that fatigue had set in.
Karine is great! If he continues to play like this, then he has every chance to go higher and higher in the rankings,” said Soviet-Russian tennis player Andrei Chesnokov.
“I would split the game into two parts. The first two sets were an absolutely even fight, if you throw the second set tie-break. Maybe it was the tie-break that turned out to be a turning point. Karen played very actively and powerfully – he tried to lead the game. With Novak it is very difficult to do, because he himself takes the initiative. But Khachanov held on. If the tie-break had come happened differently, so who knows… Maybe there would have been a different score.
Then the advantage passed to Djokovic. Khachanov was destabilized by a zero miss tie-break: he immediately lost his shot and gave the advantage to Djokovic. Then the game was dictated by Novak. The end of the match was difficult: Karen, apparently, was very tired – the body did not obey. Maybe the soul wanted it, but there was no strength. Novak had the same moment on his serve with the score 4:3 – he made big mistakes. Everything ended as it should have ended,” said Anna Dmitrieva, a Soviet tennis player and now a sports journalist.
Andrey Andreev, Sport.Ru
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