Novak Djokovic Claims There Is No Real Bubble at French Open 2020

October 4, 2020 12:01 pm

World No.1 Novak Djokovic produced another scintillating performance at the French Open 2020. Djokovic destroyed his third-round opponent Daniel Elahi Galan in straight sets, handling Galan a bagel in the opening set. The Serbian improved his win-loss record to an unbelievable 34-1 this year.

The match lasted two hours and seven minutes, which got interrupted because of rain and led to the court roof being closed. Djokovic has lost a mere 15 games in his first three matches combined and has entered the fourth-round for the 11th straight year at Roland Garros.

During the post-match conference, No.1 seed talked about there being an absence of the coronavirus bubble.

“I keep seeing people in the hotel that have nothing to do with tennis. There was a family next to me – they’ve rented the room, stayed, just like as always,” remarked Djokovic.

Many players including Alexander Zverev and Kei Nishikori have also claimed that the public is allowed to rent rooms at the hotel whereas there are restrictions on the players.

Novak Djokovic into the last 16

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his third round match against Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Galan Riveros REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The 17-time Grand Slam champion will face No.15 seed Karen Khachanov in the fourth round. Khachanov defeated Cristian Garin in the third round in a tough match. Notably, he has never gone beyond the quarterfinal stage at Roland Garros.

Djokovic leads 3-1 in his rivalry against Khachanov. The duo last played against each other in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships, and Djokovic won that match convincingly. Although, it will be the duo’s first encounter on the clay surface.

The Serbian is aiming to become the first man in the Open Era to win each Grand Slam twice and needs to triumph at the French Open to achieve it. Meanwhile, Djokovic voiced his opinion for electronic line calling at the Grand Slam similar to the technology being used at the US Open.

Kshitij Tayal

Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Based out of Delhi-NCR, he pursued his undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communications engineering. He has previously worked in the Business Development team at Zycus followed by a role of a Digital Marketer in a Gurgaon-based agency. Besides his passion for tennis, Kshitij is an avid reader and a fitness enthusiast.

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