When he beat Pablo Carreno-Busta in four sets, Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the French Open against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Djokovic had tape around his neck and as he lost the first set, the first he conceded at this year’s Paris tournament, he seemed to have trouble with his left arm.
But after that, the world No. 1 seemed to have less issues as he battled back in a high-quality competition that lasted three hours and 10 minutes to beat Carreno-Busta 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4. Djokovic said he had some neck and shoulder problems during the match (Christophe Ena/AP) Djokovic later said he had “some neck and shoulder problems” but “felt good. ” “I definitely didn’t feel good today when I came on court. A couple of things happened in the warm-up. I was struggling with these physical problems when I came on court.Nole never in [email protected] fills the last spot in the semifinals 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 over Carreno Busta.#RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/8NiH5Emd41- Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) October 7, 2020 “I definitely didn’t feel good when I came on court today. In the warm-up, a few things happened. When I came on co-court, I was struggling with these physical problems. But there’s nothing I want to take away from his good results. He was the better player, especially over one-and-a-half sets. I’ve been really impartial. “I didn’t really have much energy in my legs or in the movement or in the game itself. It took me about a set and a half to really feel comfortable and play the way I should,” said the top seed when asked about the problems, “I had some neck and shoulder issues. I’ll just say this. #IDEMOO #nolefam #RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/lKxngfravJ- Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) October 7, 2020 “October 7, 2020 I feel perfect. “Then Djokovic was asked about the fact that his former coach Boris Becker had said during the first set that he thought the 33-year-old had some mental issues because of what happened at the US Open. “No, no, it wasn’t that at all,” Djokovic said. “I’ve told you guys several times that I’m over it. I don’t worry at all about it. Zero per cent, I mean. Semifinals #10 awaits @DjokerNole…#RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/LyBR9bGljN- Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) October 7, 2020 With a three-set victory over Andrey Rublev, Tsitsipas had earlier advanced to the last four. The 13th-seeded Russian Rublev was apparently in charge of the first set, leading 5-3 when Tsitsipas served to remain in the match. “It’s about fighting and trying to find solutions in difficult moments. Roland Garros is a tournament I’ve followed since I was a kid and always dreamed of playing on this court.Andrey Rublev had no answer for the Greek (Alessandra Tarantino/AP) “I used to miss school classes to watch it. That’s how much this tournament I want. To perform here in front of a crowd is a dream come true. Tsitsipas led 5-1 for two sets only to lose to Borna Coric at the U.S. Open last month, and as recently as last Sunday in the Hamburg final, he served for the decision set against Rublev at 5-3 only to lose it 7-5. However, there was no such drama here, as the 22-year-old held on to the end and finished off Rublev with a volley at the net to reach his second semifinal Grand Slam and his first in the first