Things are getting hotter for Novak Djokovic this 2009. Last week, he outlasted Roger Federer in Basel, which is ATP 500, this week, Nole finally captured his Master’s title in Paris.
Novak Djokovic continued to play strong during the first two rounds of the tournament. He defeated Juan Monaco of Agentina and French Arnaud Clement in straight sets. Roland Garros 2009 finalist, Robin Soderling, tested Nole and put him in a rough position during the quaterfinals.
Nole only won one game during the second set but the young Serb leveled up his game in the third 6-3.
“It was a real struggle,” said Djokovic after the match. “In the second set I wasn’t moving very well; I was fighting myself, letting him play and control the match. I managed to focus when I needed to and hold the nerves and I’m happy to be in the semi-finals.”
Nole did not waste time in the semifinals. He maimed Rafael Nadal in straight sets (6-2, 6-3), winning 83% of his first serves and produced 31 winners. Nole improved his overall record against the King of Clay 6-14.
Despite of a twisted ankle, Novak Djokovic survived a tight match against home favorite, Gael Monfils (6-2, 5-7, 7-6).
“The third-seeded Djokovic twice led by a service break in the deciding set, but both times Monfils fought his way back into contention as he eagerly pushed for his second title of the season on home soil.”
“The Open de Moselle champion pushed Djokovic to a tie-break, but the Serb demonstrated his mettle by blocking out the raucous support for Monfils and creating a 6-3 lead. Monfils then conceded the match with his sixth double fault after two hours and 43 minutes.” (ATP WORLD)
Whether or not Nole wins the big prize in Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, he is still one of the most of the successful tennis players this 2009. Although he opened 2009 with a loss against Ernest Gulbis and did not reach a final in a grand slam, he still managed to win five tournaments (500, 250, 500, 500, 1000) before heading towards the Championship of eight.