Djokovic Overcomes Neck Issue, Carreno Busta; Tsitsipas Overwhelms Rublev To Reach First French Open SF
by Staff | October 7th, 2020, 8:55 pm

Following his stunning default a month ago at the US Open, Novak Djokovic got another shot at Pablo Carreno Busta, this time in the French Open quarterfinals.

While Djokovic completed the match and won, dropping his first set of the event in a tougher-than-expected 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, the match wasn’t without drama.

Coming out on court, Djokovic had some kinesio tape on the back of his next, the same trouble spot he came into New York with. Then he was consistently flexing and messing with his left elbow and arm.

Djokovic proceeded to drop the first set but got some treatment for the apparent injury and was able to fight through it 3 hours, 10 minutes.

And afterward, the Serb admitted the injury was a concern.

“I definitely didn’t feel great coming into the court today. Few things happened in the warmup.

“I had to deal with those physical issues coming onto the court. As the match went on, I felt better, didn’t feel as much pain,” Djokovic said. “Especially for set and a half he was the better player, dictating the play. I was very neutral.”

“I didn’t have much of energy really happening in my legs or movement or game itself. It took me about set and a half to really get comfortable.

“I had some neck issues and some shoulder issues. I don’t want to get really too much into it.

“Obviously I’m still in the tournament, so I don’t want to reveal too much.”

Djokovic fought through the next issues to the title at the Cincinnati Masters which were held in New York, but he’ll now get a very in-form Stefanos Tsitsipas with potentially Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

“He’s one of the best players in the world, deservedly where he is in Rankings. He’s been playing the tennis of his life in the past 12 months,” Djokovic said of Tsitsipas. “He has an all-around game. He’s a big guy, big serve. He has weapons, obviously [his] serve and forehand, his backhand. He produces a lot of spin. He comes into the net. He can play aggressively. He can defend well because he moves well.”

Tsitsipas wasn’t looking like a semifinalist in his rematch with Andrey Rublev. Rublev jumped out to a 5-3 lead in the first but then things went off the rails for the Russian. His laser shots began to misfire and about an hour it was over Tsitsipas caught fire winning it going away 7-5, 6-2, 6-3.

“You cannot expect anything,” said Tsitsipas. “I wasn’t expecting playing semifinals of the Australian Open to start first. It’s a dream, of course. But ‘expect’? I’m expecting since a young age to potentially triumph at these Grand Slams. I’m happy that I’m able to be in a position where I am today. Yeah, it’s very, very satisfying.

“I think I can learn from the previous one. I’m chasing something spectacular.”

Djokovic and the Greek will meet in the second match on Friday.

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6 Comments for Djokovic Overcomes Neck Issue, Carreno Busta; Tsitsipas Overwhelms Rublev To Reach First French Open SF

Van Persie Says:

Was very relieved, that Nole managed to get through yesterday. I hope he will feel better in the next match as it will mot be easy against Tsitsi. Hope his physio did his job after the match.

Rafa should also get a proper test in the next match, as Diego will give his best.

We will have balanced matches in the semis for sure.

Dave Says:

I’m not saying Tsitsipas isn’t better than Carreno Busta, but it’s a different matchup. Carreno Bustas style is the worst when your in pain and want to finish points a little sooner. He is a way better returner than Tsitsipas, has a better backhand and is a better defender. Plus Tsitsipas is aggressive and finishes points faster too. Let’s see what happens.

Van Persie Says:

I was also more concerned about the match against PCB than the one vs. Tsitsipas, to be honnest :D. Tsitsipas will try to shorten the points. If Nole is at a good level, Tsitsi will not be allowed to miss and will have to play awesome for 3 sets. I favor Nole, if he will be healthy of course.

emilia Says:


I am also a fan of Nole’s. But I am afraid that he is not physically in the best form. He didn’t train the whole day but only now, in the evening. So, whether it is Tsitsi or somebody else perhaps doesn’t make any difference. But I truly believe he’ll recocer by tomorrow afternoon.
Wishing him success and a good match!!!!!

Dave Says:

I respect everyone’s opinion. But I definitely notice a pattern with Mats Wilander. So many times he has the opposite opinion of almost everyone else. I’m not exactly sure why. And with the injury it’s no different. John M. Says the injury isn’t a problem and others have voiced the same. So it shouldn’t surprise me that Wilander says it’s not a small injury and that it’s a legitimate injury that is worrying. So I’m not sure what to make of his comments. I just know if it was such a big injury, there is no way he would have been able to beat PCB. And he actually hit over 50 winners, which is quite the number on clay.

Van Persie Says:

Hey Emilia,

Well, it kind of was expected, that he would not feel great on the day after the match. It is a good thing that he went practicing and do not forget that he will play in the evening, perhaps he wanted to practice under the same conditions.

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