Masters 2022

Novak Djokovic played conquering on Friday in Turin. A conqueror of the useless. Don’t shout, it’s a tribute, not a criticism. Conqueror of the useless, this is how the great Antoine Blondin described the no less great Eddy Merckx when, on the Tour de France, he continued to attack and play for victory, step by step, even if the competition account was good for the general classification.

There was a bit of that at the Pala Alpitour against Daniil Medvedev. The Russian is also to be welcomed, because if Novak Djokovic, already qualified and assured of first place in the red group, had nothing to gain, he had nothing left to play since already eliminated. The two men fought for three hours and eleven minutes. Useless ? Maybe. But superb. “I can’t calculate, I don’t like to calculate, I’ve never done itrecalls the man with 21 Grand Slam titles. My mentality is geared towards winning in every game I play as I play it. I want to win, without thinking about what can happen tomorrow“.

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Physically, I’m not worried

Tomorrow is therefore Saturday, with a semi-final to come against Taylor Fritz. Will he pay the bill in this match, or in the final on Sunday if he dismisses the hard-hitting American rookie? We still saw him on the verge of exhaustion at times. “It was just fatigue from a grueling battlehe wanted to reassure. There is no disease, there was no particular area of ​​the body affected. It was just general exhaustion from the long rallies and the length of the match“.

After an intense end to the second set, the Serb was even shaken in his chair. An impressive, almost disturbing image. “There were a lot of different things (during this episode, Ed). But I won’t go into details. I don’t want to reveal to my adversaries exactly what happened to me.” Anyway, an hour later it was he who left the court as the winner, while Medvedev served for the victory.

From Saturday, he will therefore have to put the cover back. This time, there will be a stake for a Djokovic weaned from Masters titles for seven years now. “Physically, I’m not worried“, he swore. His credo: fear does not remove danger. Nor fatigue: “Worry only robs you of the vital energy you need. If something happens tomorrow, good or bad, I’ll have to worry about it then. I will do everything with my physio, my team, to rest well and recover well. I have a routine and I know what I have to do“.

Djokovic’s tremors after an intense end of the 2nd set

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Masters 2022 – Novak Djokovic after his marathon against Daniil Medvedev: “I can’t calculate”