The Italian regrets the interruption linked to the evacuation of the Philippe-Chatrier court for the curfew, which cut him off against Novak Djokovic.
It was arguably not the best year to launch them, but it was too late to turn back the clock. Roland-Garros had signed a fairly lucrative contract with a new broadcaster (Amazon Prime Video), promising him a meeting every evening during the first 10 days of the tournament. Except that, because of the curfew, these posters had to be argued behind closed doors.
Roger Federer, who may have played his last match at Roland Garros without an audience, has said nothing negative about it, at least in front of the press. Richard Gasquet, deprived of the support of the French supporters against Rafael Nadal, accepted it too (“I am professional”, he said). Only Daniil Medvedev, after a clash behind closed doors against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals, regretted this situation: “Roland-Garros prefers Amazon to spectators”, pestered the world n ° 2.
Djoko, a healthy break
Wednesday evening, with the relief of sanitary measures, there was the public in the night-session, for the last quarter-final between Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini. In any case, at the beginning, until 11 p.m., the new curfew schedule. The match started at 8 p.m., and the first three hours had given a good glimpse of what these night-sessions will look like in the near future. “There was like a Davis Cup atmosphere, Djokovic confided. Lots of fans (around 5000, editor’s note), who encouraged and shouted after each point. The atmosphere was electric! I’m happy to have been able to experience this. “
Berrettini a little less. The Italian, clearly, did not appreciate the departure of the public, especially as the two players had to leave the court for a good fifteen minutes to force the reluctant spectators to leave. What cut him off in his tracks. “I’m going to tell the truth, I think it’s a shame, said Berrettini. I did not like. We do nothing about it, we have to adapt. It’s not the worst we’ve experienced in a year, but I hope the Covid and these situations will end soon. It’s harder. I felt that I had the ‘momentum’ (a good dynamic, editor’s note), I was playing well. It didn’t feel good to take a break, physically I felt worse. But now, tennis players say they have to adapt, that’s what I’m going to have to do better next time. “
Djokovic, he managed this unusual little break better, in the middle of the fourth set (6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5). “I needed a little break, a reset, admitted the world No. 1. It’s a shame for the tournament and the spectators, but we knew before the match that the stadium would have to be emptied at 11 p.m. It’s not to me to ask questions about programming, I don’t know what to say. But the match could have been finished at 5-4 in the third set, or when it served to go for the tie-break. The public wore it at that time. “ But he was no longer there afterwards.
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