World no.1 Novak Djokovic avoided a big upset after coming back from two sets down to beat Italian Andreas Seppi 4-6 6-7 (5) 6-3 7-5 6-3 and moving into the quarterfinals of the 2012 French Open.
The Serbian took a 3-0 lead at the beginning of the match, just before giving it away and Seppi surprisingly capturing the the first set.
Djokovic got into more trouble after the Italian broke him for a 3-2 lead in the second set. But despite committing quite a few unforced errors, the Serbian managed to find a way back into it, forcing a tiebreak. However, he could not raise his game and after dropping the set, the big shock looked more and more realistic.
There are many factors that determine the greatness of a player, and one of them is the fighting spirit. Despite not having his best day, Novak never gave up the fight and waited for his chance to come.
Unfortunately for Seppi, he couldn’t maintain his level of play and the Serbian sensed an opportunity to come back into the match. From the third set onwards, the momentum seemed to have shifted in Djokovic’s favour and with the wind calming down a bit, the world no.1 marched to a hard fought five set victory in 4 hours and 18 minutes.
Next up for Djokovic will be the winner of the match between the Frenchman Tsonga and the Swiss Wawrinka. The score of this encounter stood at 2 sets all and 4-2 in Tsonga’s favour, just before it got suspended due to darkness.
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