Daniel Elahi Galan says Novak Djokovic has a forehand ‘like a rocket,’ so good that it is hard to even react to them.
153rd ranked Galan was comprehensively outclassed by Djokovic at Roland Garros on Saturday, with the Serb ace powering to a 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 win.
So what was it like dealing with Djokovic, particularly his forehand?
“It was like a rocket,” Galan said. “Every forehand. I was not able to even react.”
For a long time it looked like Novak Djokovic could conceivably whitewash Galan without him even winning a game.
Galan admitted that he was certainly worried about that, and gave an insight into how Djokovic gets into your head as a player.
“Of course he’s superior [to] me, but you also feel like you have to make everything perfect or you will lose zero, zero and zero,” Galan explained.
“And I was [down 6-0, 2-0], and I was worried about it.”
That’s obviously not an accident.
“If you impose yourself from the very beginning on the court, which I have in those first three matches here,” said Djokovic, “then it makes it hard for them to really believe that they can come back and make a turnaround in the match.”
Djokovic will now face Russian star Karen Khachanov in the fourth round at Rolland Garros.
Khachanov has only managed to beat Djokovic once, but it was in Paris at least – the final of the Paris Masters in 2018.
This will be their first ever meeting on clay, however.
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