French Open 2021 Novak Djokovic wins after Paris fans boo 11pm curfew
For most of the players and their entourage, the weekend of the French Open was supposed to be a relaxing, enjoyable time enjoying the facilities and having fun on tour. On paper, there was a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of sporting action on offer, with Roger Federer, Stanislas and Andy Murray among those in action. For all of the hoopla and glamour though, it would be the quarter-final against unseeded defending champion Djokovic in the third round that created the buzz. Here, we look at the weekend's tennis events from the French Open.
The beginning of the day featured a bang as Murray's forehand putt from the edge of the green went in. However, Djokovic soon had the lead and from then on it was all tennis, with Djokovic winning in straight sets. It must be said that this was not an easy defeat as Djokovic was up 3 sets to one serving master, who then hit the no-look back baseline lob to win the set 6-4. For a player who spent most of the previous week playing catch up, this was not a good result and added to the sense that the French Open is not just a fortnight away but a life time experience for the game.
This was the best performance by any Grand Slam player and the most impressive too. This win leaves the French open to take the trophy in five weeks while Djokovic will be hoping for a victory over world number three Djoker in the United States, which will probably be the final major step in the campaign to reclaim the US Open trophy. However, this defeat means that the Serb is now tied with Federer for second place, having won five of the six Grand Slams that he has contested and he needs another win over his opponent to secure a top three finish. This will mean that there will be an extra week for Djokovic to recover from the break that he suffered in the first set of the French Open. I expect a repeat of the same scenario this year but I also think that he will lose to either Nadal or Roger Federer at the French.
The other big surprise was Andy Murray who struggled with his game against world number one Djokovic. Although he lost the first set, Murray kept going for the match but eventually lost the set 4-3. He seems to struggle against the Serb and I wonder if he will ever learn to be aggressive on his serve. This is another problem as Murray relies too much on the serve to win the points and I wonder how long before he collapses against the Serbs. It is a worrying trend for a man who is coming into the final stages of his career and yet appears to lack sparkle.
These are just a few of the disappointments suffered by the public due to the French Open. They may have wanted Kim Clijsters, Gaelico, Roger Strange, John Mcanroe and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga to win the event but they were no match for the likes of Djokovic and Murray. Surely next time around these players will have more determination and give it their all. It is unfortunate for the tournament, for the French Open and for the fans that invested so much money in the event. I hope there is a strong showing next year from the French.