The first break of the match was seen in game 12, when Brkic and Cacic realized their second set point to win a tight first match. After losing the first set, Novak Djokovic and Carlos Gómez-Herrera started the second with a break. Djokovic and Gomez-Herrera failed to convert a break point in the fifth game and also failed to convert either of their two set points in the ninth game. However, they kept their focus as they served the 10th game to force a match tie-break. In the deciding match, Djokovic and Gómez Herrera saved two match points before realizing their second match point to complete a comeback. Djokovic was playing his first game since he won the French Open. After beating Rafael Nadal in the semi-final of the French Open, Djokovic said: “Definitely the best match that I participated in at Roland-Garros for me, and the three best matches that I have played in my entire career, considering the quality of tennis. , playing my biggest rival on the court where he has been so successful and has been the dominant force for the last 15 years or more. “And the atmosphere that was completely electric – for both players, a lot of support. Just amazing. I was very happy that there was no curfew, at 11:00. I heard there was a special exemption, so they allowed the crowd to stay. “Just one of these nights and games that you will remember forever.” After beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final, Djokovic said: “I am very proud of this achievement, being part of the history of the sport that I love.”
Gomez-Herrera on Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic raised eyebrows when he opted to take a wildcard into the doubles event in Mallorca this week ahead of his Wimbledon title defense. The Serb is partnering long-time friend Carlos Gomez-Herrera, whom he first met in Spain almost a decade ago. “I had already planned to come to the tournament to see if I would enter the previous one. Novak called me from Paris to ask me if I wanted to play with him,” Gomez-Herrera told MARCA. “For me it is a gift to play with Djokovic because you do not play every day with someone like him. I think the first time I trained with him was in 2010. When I met him in Madrid I didn’t even know who he was,” the 31-year-old said. “What would stand out the most about Nole is how transparent he is: what you see is what he is. He is doing something that nobody had done, which is to give visibility to a group of players who do not have it,” Gomez-Herrera added.