ROLAND GARROS 2014
Djokovic Beats Cilic At Roland Garros; Tsonga Tops Janowicz
by ATP Staff|
"Physically I had to work very hard, because he was very aggressive," said Djokovic. "It wasn't easy, because once you start being passive, you lose kind of the confidence to step in. That's what happened maybe in the end of the third and little bit of the fourth.
"In important moments I held my nerves and I'm very happy that I went through."
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Second seed Djokovic recovered from a 1-3 deficit in the first set and from 2-4 in the third set. Cilic could not convert one set point opportunity at 6-5 in the third set, with Djokovic serving at 30/40, when he struck a forehand long.
But the No. 25 seed dominated in the tie-break and extended the Court Philippe Chatrier clash. Djokovic opened up a 4-1 lead in the fourth set, but Cilic ensured a tense finale with a mini-resurgence.
"I think overall I played really good tennis today, and I am happy with that," said Cilic. "I think the serve wasn't the best today, but when you're playing against somebody like Novak he's gonna return some balls that you're not used to against some other players, and then you feel you're gonna go for a little bit more."
The 27-year-old Djokovic is bidding to become the eighth man in tennis history to complete the career Grand Slam with his first Roland Garros title.
He will next play No. 13 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Frenchman delighted supporters on Court Suzanne Lenglen with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jerzy Janowicz in just over two hours. It was his 20th match win of the season.
Djokovic has won his past nine matches against Tsonga, including a five-sets win in the 2012 Roland Garros quarter-finals, and holds an 11-5 advantage in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
"With Novak, you have to fear him in many regards, but I will have to pay attention to myself," said Tsonga. "I will have to be focused from the first point to the last point. I shouldn't give him some free points. Of course, I have to produce a great match in order to defeat him."