World No 1 Novak Djokovic’s shock exit from the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters has sent shockwaves through the tennis world. The 22-time grand slam champion was the overwhelming favorite to win the tournament but surrendered a one-set and 4-2 lead to lose 4-6 7-5 6-4 to Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in a thrilling match.
Djokovic struggled to find his best form in the windy conditions and lost serve seven times before being forced off the court due to rain, with the score at 1-1 in the deciding set. Despite doggedly saving three match points, the Serbian eventually succumbed to defeat to the world No 21 in a match lasting almost three hours.
Novak Djokovic‘s defeat to Lorenzo Musetti has raised questions about his form ahead of the French Open. The 35-year-old was widely tipped to complete a calendar-year grand slam, but his performance in Monaco has cast doubts over his ability to win his 19th major title.
Djokovic struggled to adapt to the windy conditions and made several uncharacteristic errors, including seven double faults. While he fought hard to stay in the match, saving three match points, his performance will be cause for concern for his fans and rivals alike.
Lorenzo Musetti’s stunning victory over Novak Djokovic has announced the arrival of a new star on the tennis circuit. The 21-year-old Italian played with great poise and composure, despite facing one of the greatest players of all time.
Musetti saved 10 of the 16 break points he faced and displayed an impressive array of shots, including deft drop shots and powerful backhands. His win over Djokovic, a player he idolizes, will definitely give him a huge confidence boost and establish him as one to watch in the coming months.