The Paris Bercy Masters fans took the 2023 edition to tease the tournament’s main favorites, but the hostile atmosphere didn’t work with the world number 1, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, who achieved a beautiful turnaround to reach the quarterfinals.
Overcoming many adversities on the court, Djokovic needed 2h40 to complete the comeback against the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor, 23rd, in 4/6 7/6 (7-2) 6/4, having converted nine aces against 12 from the Dutchman, who committed four double faults against seven from the Serbian, who fired 30 winning balls at 43 and made 15 unforced errors compared to Griekspoor’s 14.
On the court, the two tennis players presented a great game from the beginning. The Serbian opened 3/0 with a break in the 2nd game, reached 4/1 on the scoreboard, but took the turn when suffering breaks between the 7th and 9th games with Griekspoor winning five games in a row.
Djokovic asked for medical attention, as he was not feeling well on the court, signs that appeared during the first set. In the second stage, the two tennis players put a lot of pressure on each other, but did not make any breaks and in the tiebreak, the Serbian put his experience on the court, played very aggressive and opened 5/0 and managed it.
The fans, who were already against the Serb, became inflamed trying to encourage Griekspoor, who suffered the break in the 5th game, but continued to work well on the return. Under pressure, Djokovic committed a double fault, saw the crowd celebrate and his rival return the break in the 8th game, but he was unfazed. After being booed by the Parisian public, Djokovic was motivated and achieved a break of zero in the sequence and served solidly for his victory.
In search of a place in the semifinals, Djokovic awaits the winner of the duel between the Danish Holger Rune and the German Daniel Altmaier.