July 16, 2024
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic showcased his resilience and skill in a thrilling fourth-round victory over Francisco Cerundolo at Roland-Garros on Monday.

Just 37 hours after a grueling match against Lorenzo Musetti, Djokovic was on Court Philippe-Chatrier for an even longer battle, eventually triumphing 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

The World No. 1 and 24-time Grand Slam champion overcame the Argentine despite several injury scares and issues with the court’s condition, securing the win in a marathon four hours and 39 minutes. This followed his four-hour and 29-minute struggle against Musetti in the previous round, highlighting Djokovic’s exceptional stamina and determination.

“Again a big, big, big thank you because once again like the last match. The win is your win,” Djokovic told the supportive crowd during his on-court interview.

With this victory, Djokovic made history at Roland-Garros. He matched Roger Federer’s record of 369 Grand Slam wins after defeating Musetti, and Monday’s success set a new benchmark with 370 victories in the Open Era. Additionally, Djokovic’s progression to the quarterfinals marked his 59th last-eight appearance at a Grand Slam, surpassing Federer’s record of 58.

Next, Djokovic will face Casper Ruud in Wednesday’s quarterfinal on Philippe-Chatrier, as he continues his quest for a 25th Grand Slam title. Notably, the Serbian has yet to win a title in 2024, adding extra significance to his ongoing campaign at Roland-Garros.

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