Nole Destroys Home Crowd Dreams… Again
For the second week running Novak Djokovic has beaten the home fav in the final. This time it was in Paris against Gael Monfils in a third set tiebreak.
For a while there I thought it was going to be a walkover. Nole got the first set 6-2, picking right up from where he left off against Nadal. He was smacking winners and making few errors. He went up 3-0 in the second and it seemed all but over. Nole doesn’t like to make things that easy for his fans, though, and he soon played very patchy to give up the second 5-7. Nole was bad, but credit to Monfils, he really caught fire and played excellent tennis.
Nole went up a quick 2-0 in the third but proceeded to blow that lead. He then went up another break and blew that again. Monfils was barely making any mistakes and retrieving like Mandy on acid, which was frustrating Novak no end. But credit to Nole, he kept his head and although he blew two leads, he never went behind. Eventually it went to a third set tiebreak, Nole managed to keep calm, showing great maturity he wouldnever have displayed this time last year, and went up a well fought mini-break. Monfils doubled faulted on the first match point, and Novak won Paris.
His celebrations were hilerious. He went absolutely mental, probably releasing a lot of frustration and built-up fistpumping from the match. Monfils was pretty frustrated throughout the match, as well as running down balls he had to right to get to, he was pumping the crowd up before Nole’s serves, which I thought was pretty unclassy. The umpire agreed.
Congrats to Novak, he is the in-form player going into London and must have a chance to gain the number two ranking. I’m trying to stay oblivious to the rankings race, it is never good for a Roger fan to start fretting about that sort of thing. Good luck to Nole, can’t wait to see him play like that at the AO.