‘I like to play the young guys in best-of-five tournaments,’ says Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic says experience is better than youth when it comes to playing best of five matches at Grand Slam tournaments.

The world number one went two sets down to Lorenzo Musetti in the fourth round of Roland Garros, but then drastically turned the match around winning two quick sets and was leading in the fifth when the youngster retired.

Talking after the match, Djokovic said that he enjoys the best-of-five format particularly when playing the younger players as he knows he has count on his fitness and experience to win through.

“I like to play young guys in best-of-five, because I feel [that] even if they are leading a set or two-sets-to-love, as was the case today, I still like my chances,” said Djokovic.

“Because I feel like I’m physically fit and I know how to wear my opponent down in the best-of-five match.”

Monday’s match was only the fifth time in his career that Djokovic has had to come back from two sets down, but he has played many more five-set matches and says he’s happy with his success rate.

“I’ve won most of the five-setters I have played in this tournament and in my career, so I think that experience helps.”

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