• Djokovic erases set deficit, cruises into Roland Garros QFs

    6/3/13 11:13 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Djokovic erases set deficit, cruises into Roland Garros QFs Novak Djokovic takes out Philipp Kohlshreiber in four sets on Monday at Roland Garros. Djokovic is through to a quarterfinal encounter with Tommy Haas.

    Novak Djokovic recovered from a set deficit to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday afternoon. Djokovic needed two hours and 42 minutes to ensure a quarterfinal showdown against Tommy Haas.

    For the tournament's top two favorites, fourth-round action represented something of a role reversal. Whereas Djokovic had been dominant through three matches, Rafael Nadal endured a relative struggle--dropping two sets in the process. In the last 16, however, Nadal crushed Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 while Djokovic took his turn to make a minor comeback.

    Kohlschreiber, who also did not surrender a single set throughout the first week, got off to a fast start by breaking for 3-2 in the first set. The 19th-ranked German struck a tentative overhead on break point, but Djokovic replied with an errant forehand. Kohlschreiber served out the opener from there for a surprising early advantage.

    A momentum shift came with Kohlschreiber serving at 1-2 in the second. After digging out of a 0-30 hole in the third game, Djokovic survived a four-deuce game and earned his first break of the day when his opponent sent a backhand past the baseline. The top-seeded Serb eventually saved four break points at 3-1 and two more at 5-2 to consolidate his lead. A much more routine hold--to love at 5-3--allowed Djokovic to level things at one set apiece.

    More of the same continued in sets two and three. Djokovic broke for 2-1 then fought off two break points in the following game for another tough hold. The world No. 1 finally gave a break back when he served for the match at 5-2 in the third, but he made no mistake with a second chance in the 10th game. On his second math point at 5-4, 40-30, Djokovic delivered a backhand winner to clinch victory in style.

    Kohlschreiber finished with four aces and three double-faults while capitalizing on a mere two of 13 break-point opportunities. Djokovic wrapped up his effort with two aces and two double faults and he cracked 38 winners to Kohlschreiber's 48.

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Djoko loses a set and 'cruises' into QFs .. somebody else loses a set and it's like he has to retire from tennis.

Shireling , 6/4/13 11:40 AM

^^^You couldn't make it up.

nadline , 6/4/13 11:47 AM

.............or you are not in form, you're struggling!!!

Monalysa , 6/4/13 2:55 PM

Ricky, it is not easy to deal with rafabots on a daily basis. Hats off to you for all these years.

rfzr , 6/4/13 4:37 PM

Nice apology rfzr.


Conspirator , 6/4/13 8:10 PM

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
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