The Roland Garros Grand Slam tournament so far seems to be a walk in the park for Serbian Novak Djokovic. Having easily dismissed, on Saturday, the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis (93rd) 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in 1h32 of play, he finds himself in the 8th final.
Humble, the world No.1 still said things were not as simple as they seem. “I was solid, I varied a lot in the exchanges. It might have sounded simple, but it wasn’t. It was cooler today than Thursday, so the ball bounced less. But I knew how to adapt, ”he said.
Djoko, finalist in the Parisian tournament last year, reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros for the twelfth time in a row, a record in the Open era (since 1968). Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer stopped eleven consecutive 8ths on Parisian clay, between 2005 and 2015.
Djokovic is aiming for a 19th Grand Slam coronation to try to get closer to the record held by the duo Nadal and Federer.
To achieve this, he will have to dismiss the Italian Lorenzo Musetti (76th) on Monday who, for his first Grand Slam tournament, will also aim for a place in the quarterfinals.
Theoretically, the winner of the 8th between Djokovic and Musetti could face Roger Federer for a place in the last four.