Novak Djokovic claimed the primary Masters 1000 title on clay in Rome 2008, returning to the Foro Italico a 12 months later and reaching the semi-final. The world’s greatest gamers Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal stood between Novak and Rome’s second crown, and the Serbian handed the primary take a look at within the semi-final with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Roger Federer.
. Novak defeated Roger after two hours and 11 minutes, dropping the primary set and trailing 3-1 in units two and three earlier than rising on the high to arrange Rafael Nadal’s conflict. Djokovic beat Federer for the fourth time and the primary on clay, defending eight of the 11 break alternatives and profitable 5 breaks to cross the end line first.
Federer may have opened up a 6-4, 3-0 lead and moved nearer to the end line, losing break alternatives in that third sport of the second set earlier than rain knocked them off the court docket for 70 minutes. Djokovic performed with extra vitality once they returned and took the set in model to pressure a decider.
The Serb admitted that it could have been tough to match Roger if he had gone 6-4, 3-0 up, and revealed that he performed with extra vitality and stamina as soon as they returned to the court docket. When motion was resumed, Djokovic defended a break alternative at 1-3 to remain in rivalry and broke to equalize the rating at 3-3.
Within the eighth sport, the Swiss made one other backhand error to fall 5-3 and allowed the Serb to drag off a formidable comeback and seal the set along with his serve at 5-3. After dropping 5 straight video games, Federer bounced again and produced two snug serving turns early within the decider and broke Djokovic at 15 in sport 4 to open a 3-1 hole because of Novak’s wild forehand.
El Aynaoui on Novak Djokovic
Younes El Aynaoui not too long ago expressed his admiration for the Huge 3, however reserved particular reward for Novak Djokovic and his potential to juggle a number of roles concurrently. “It is a pleasure to have the highest three gamers in historical past in a single period,” El Aynaoui added.
“Younger tennis gamers ought to take this for instance. Sadly, some younger individuals desire to observe the highlights of Benoit Paire and Nick Kyrgios. I like to recommend testing Djokovic’s highlights.” The 50-year-old stated he now works as a coach in Belgrade.
“I’ve lived in France for a few years. After retiring in 2007, I spent a whole lot of time with my kids,” El Aynaoui stated. “Then I received my teaching license within the French affiliation and labored within the associations in Qatar and France.”