‘Still Mesmerized by This!’- Chris Evert Reacts As Novak Djokovic Battles Past Laslo Djere in 3 Hours 21 Minutes

Published 04/20/2022, 2:49 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Dubai Tennis Championships – Aviation Club Tennis Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 21, 2022 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his first round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Novak Djokovic has been facing a lot of issues since the beginning of this year. Owing to his vaccination status and the vaccine mandates imposed by many countries,  he has been unable to play at several events. However, now that several countries have been relaxing their vaccination mandates, things might be better for the Serb moving forward.

After missing out on the Australian Open, the Serb suffered an early exit in Dubai. He missed Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami last month as he was denied entry into the US owing to his vaccination status. Things went from bad to worse for Djokovic after he ran out of steam in Monaco last week as he subsequently lost his tournament opener at the Monte Carlo Masters in his comeback match.

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Currently, Djokovic is in his hometown, Belgrade, featuring at the Serbia Open. He survived a massive scare in his tournament opener against his compatriot Laslo Djere. 18-time Major champion, Chris Evert, in awe of the sheer brilliance displayed by the Serb, expressed her thoughts on Twitter.

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After receiving a bye in his first round, the top seed, Djokovic began his campaign at the Serbia Open in his Round-of-16 clash against compatriot Laslo Djere.

Djokovic had to dig deep as he showed tremendous resilience in his come-from-behind victory. Djokovic lost the opening set and was down a break of serve in the second set, but bounced back to win the marathon battle in three sets. World No.1 prevailed 2-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(4) in three hours and 21 minutes in Belgrade.

In awe of the titanic clash between Djokovic and Djere, Chris Evert Twitted, “Still mesmerized by this match!!!!!!!

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Following a sensational victory in his tournament opener, Djokovic will lock horns against another Serb, Miomir Kecmanović in the quarterfinals at the Serbia Open on Thursday. Despite his victory against Djere, Djokovic is still far away from his best and should be hopeful to gather steam with each passing tournament in the lead-up to the French Open, where he is the defending champion.

Interestingly, Djokovic defeated Kecmanović 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinal in Belgrade last year in their only meeting so far on the ATP tour. Can Djokovic, raising his level, produce a similar result to stay in the hunt to win the title in Belgrade?

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It will be intriguing to witness how Djokovic fares in his upcoming quarterfinal against Kecmanović.

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Rishma Banerjee

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Rishma Banerjee is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having done her masters in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University, Rishma's outlet from the hustle-bustle of academics has always been sports, especially Tennis. A die-hard fan of Rafael Nadal, she admires his grit, determination and dedication towards always being better. When not writing content for firms dealing with fintech to social media marketing to sports, she finds herself in journals and books dealing with geopolitics and strategic studies or scrolling endlessly through Tumblr!

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