Danish teenager defeats Novak Djokovic to announce himself on the world stage
By Michael Crump
May 9, 2018 — 11:13pm
The world’s top 10 ranking players play tonight at Roland Garros.
Novak Djokovic has a commanding lead at No. 7. Rafael Nadal is on No. 8, with Andy Murray No. 9 and Kevin Anderson No. 10. The ATP had to make a decision at the last changeover: whether to award a wild card to either player, or take the top two from each of the top 10 and see if they can compete for the No. 1 spot. In the end the decision was to award both wild cards to Djokovic and Murray.
Andy Murray, who has lost four finals in a row, has come from behind to beat the world No. 2 in both his semi-finals. He’s now played three matches against Nadal, including the one at Roland Garros, going 2-0.
Novak Djokovic is a step away from winning his second US Open title. He needs to beat Juan Martin del Potro tomorrow night to have a shot at the No. 1 spot.
“I’ve been struggling,” said Djokovic. “I have things to work on. I know where to go from here. I need to focus on my game the next two months. I need to give my best, every single day, just like I did in Shanghai.”
No matter what, his next two matches are going to be tough. He may want to skip Roland Garros and go straight into his Wimbledon quarterfinal against Stan Wawrinka.
Roger Federer is two games away from winning his third Wimbledon title and a chance for his first major of the year.
“I am confident,” said Federer, who was knocked out of the Shanghai quarterfinals by Argentine Fernando Verdasco. “I know my serve, I know my ground game. I know where to hit and when to hit it — and