“Clay is for the GOATS,” Tennis Twitter reacts as Novak Djokovic fails to reach any of the clay tournament semi-finals this season
Novak Djokovic’s poor clay run continues as he fails to reach the semi-finals in Rome.
Novak Djokovic (Credits: Tennis World)
As Novak Djokovic fails to reach the semi-finals of yet another major clay court tournament, the tennis world is taking it harsh on the Serbian World No.1’s poor clay court run. As the two-time champion will head into the French Open without at least a semi-final appearance on each clay court tournament this year, the odds will be wide open for the Parisian clay title.
The Danish wunderkind Holger Rune dispatched the Serbian superstar in 3 sets: 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters. In a match suspended in between due to a rain break, the Danish seventh seed didn’t lose focus at the crucial moments of this tight encounter. This is the second win for Rune over Djokovic in 3 attempts.
Tennis Twitter was quick to react to the Serbian’s loss as they called him by the name “Hard-courtovic“. Some Rafael Nadal fans were saying that the “Clay is for GOATS“. This loss will be hard to swallow for the Novak Djokovic fans as they were expecting their man to win the title here after Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal and Carlos Alcaraz’s early exit.
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With his back-to-back disappointing performances in Monte-Carlo and Banja Luka, the Serb went on to withdraw from the Madrid Open. He was expecting a major breakthrough in Rome but he has failed to live up to the expectation with this loss against Holger Rune.
With Rafael Nadal’s injury concerns yet to be cleared, the upcoming French Open will be wide open this season. In the Rome Masters, the Serbian actually looked dialed in until the quarter-final. After winning the first round against Tomas Martin Etcheverry, he went on to defeat Grigor Dimitrov in the best three-sets match (6-3, 4-6, 6-1). In the third round of Rome, Djokovic outperformed the British player, Cameron Norrie, in straight sets (6-3, 6-4).
The devastated Serbian will be looking to regain his best form in the Parisian Clay irrespective of the poor results in the clay court tournaments. The fans are expecting the same since the Serbian has proved enough times that he can come back strong after each setback.