‘I liked the fact I lost the first couple of sets,’ says Novak Djokovic on fourth round win

Novak Djokovic says he enjoyed going two sets down in his fourth round clash with youngster Lorenzo Musetti at Roland Garros. 

The world number one was matched point for point in the first two sets by the young Italian, with both sets won on a tie-breaker by an impressive Musetti in top form.

But as he’s proven many times before, Djokovic can never be ruled out, and he came back to claim the next two sets decisively and was leading in the fifth set when Musetti retired through injury.

Rather than feeling worried by the two set deficit, Djokovic said after the match that it actually made things more interesting.

“I actually felt, I would say, more nervous when I was starting the match than when I was two sets down,” said Djokovic.

“To be honest, I even liked the fact that I lost first couple of sets, because I just played under [a] certain kind of tension and wasn’t able to go through my shots. But credit to him for playing well in [the] important moments.”

The Serbian, who won 6-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-0, 4-0, said he felt like a different player in the third set and started to take his chances more.

“After I lost the second set and went out to change and came back on the court, I just felt different,” said Djokovic.

“I was a different player. I had [a] better feeling in my shots. I just had more confidence going through the ball. I decreased the amount of errors [and] I started playing the way I was supposed to play at the beginning.

“Then towards the end of the third, beginning of the fourth, I saw that he was struggling physically [and] obviously that gave me even more motivation to try to apply more pressure on him and kind of finish him off.”

Djokovic will now play Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-final who received a walkover in the fourth round due to the withdrawal of Roger Federer.

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