Novak Okovic reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros for the 11th time in his career, recording a four-set victory over Mateo Berettini on Wednesday. On Friday, he will face 13-time champion Rafael Nadal, which many believe is the biggest match of the tournament.
Over the years, Nadal has dominated the French Open in a way that no tennis player has ever dominated a single event. But after beating Berettini, Novak Okovich told a news conference that he could beat the Spaniard in the semi-finals.
The Serb was first asked how he felt about the fact that he was one of only two players at Roland Garros to ever beat Rafael Nadal. In response, Dj Okovic pointed out how rare this feat is, he admitted that in last year’s final he was dominated by Nadal, where the conditions were “different”.
“I am not the only one beating him here. “Soderling did it, but that’s it (laughs),” said Novak Okovich. “We have had some battles over the years, but last year he prevailed. The conditions will be different, I hope I will be able to perform better than in 2020. “
Novak Djokovic later claimed that he would not be in the tournament if he did not believe he had a chance to win, before giving his thoughts on what makes his competition with Rafael Nadal special. The Serb claimed that there was “extra tension” in each of their high stakes, that confronting Nadal was “the biggest tennis challenge”.
“I am confident, I believe I can win,” said Dj Okovic. “Otherwise I would not be here. “Let’s have a big battle.”
“Let’s face it, it’s not like any other game, it’s the biggest challenge in tennis,” he added. “Every time we stand against each other, additional tension arises. “Vibe walks with him differently on the court, but I think that’s why our competition, I think, is historic for tennis.”
“Un avali, the atmosphere was like a D-Cup.” Novak okovich about fans leaving because of curfew
The last part of the quarterfinals of Novak ok ովoviիչի played against Mateo Beretini before the empty seats. The fans had to leave the venue in the fourth set due to the local curfew on the 23rd, which robbed the electrifying atmosphere of the match, which had in the first three sets.
The expulsion of the fans meant that there was a short break between the fourth set, which Novak Okovich thinks was useful, as it allowed him to regroup. The Serb also called it “unfortunate” that the spectators had to leave earlier after offering their rude support, and compared their joy to the party atmosphere observed at the DJ Cup.
“I did not mind leaving the court, I felt I needed a break,” said Djokovic. “It’s unbelievable, but we knew it before the game. The atmosphere was like a D-Cup, electric, cheering.
Asked at the end of the match to shed light on his persistent celebration, Novak Okovich replied that the fight to break into Mateo Berettini’s goal in the last two sets puts him under a lot of pressure.
“It was very difficult to read his presentation in the third or four sets. He got deadly in advance. “When he joins, it’s hard to play him,” said Dj Okovic. “It simply came to our notice then. I missed some opportunities. I was under a lot of stress during my games because he served so well. In the end, the celebration was about releasing that tension.