Great escape for Djokovic, Federer in Paris
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer stayed on course for a mouth-watering French Open semi-final showdown yesterday, but only after they survived fourth round scares at a chilly Roland Garros.
Djokovic staged an epic recovery to defeat Italy’s Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 and salvage his dream of making Grand Slam history.
“I played very badly, but I won thanks to my fighting spirit,” said Djokovic, after a 25th successive Grand Slam match win took him into the quarter-finals for the sixth time.
Federer, the champion in 2009, dropped the first set against Belgian lucky loser David Goffin, the world number 109, before claiming a 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 win on Suzanne Lenglen court.