After two days and five sets, Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 on Saturday to advance to the final round of the French Open. Djokovic reached his third French Open Final with the victory and extended his match winning streak to 28.
The match was postponed during the fourth set on Friday night with storms rapidly approaching. However, the delay had little effect on Djokovic, who bounced back after losing the fourth set to dominate the fifth and final one.
“No different from any other match that we played against each other. It’s always a thriller, always a marathon,” Djokovic told NBC Sports. “Wasn’t a physically easy match, that’s for sure, but I think I will be fine for the finals. Whatever I have left in me I will put out on the court tomorrow, and hopefully it can be enough.”
Take out the weather delay for a moment, Djokovic’s ability to bounce back after seeing his 2-0 set lead vanish is a story in and of itself.
“He regroups well during matches,” Murray said. “He didn’t at the beginning of his career, and now it’s something that he does extremely well, physically and mentally.”
Djokovic has eight majors under his belt, but has never won the French Open, losing twice in the final round to the man he eliminated in quarterfinals, Rafael Nadal.