Paris, Roland Garros 2010. After beating Evgenij Korolev, Kei Nishikori, Victor Hanescu and Robby Ginepri, the third seed, Novak Djokovic, is about to face Jurgen Melzer, seeded 22nd. “Nole” wins the first two sets quite easily, with a score of 6-3 6-2. From the third set, however, the music changes: the Austrian fights, recovers and finally wins, entering for the first time in his career among the last four players in a Grand Slam tournament. It was Djokovic’s only loss after being two sets ahead. Following that sensational feat, the Austrian was no longer able to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam event. Already number 8 in the world in singles, Jurgen has two Grand Slam titles in doubles and 17 trophies in this specialty. In an interview also published by Sportskeeda, Melzer recalled his match ten years ago against Djokovic: “Maybe that was my biggest individual success, but I also have other good memories of victories against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi. There have been some good matches in my career where I have been able to beat the big guys. That’s why I can’t regret it.” The former top 10 player continued: “It was an honor to play in such a great era. I was also lucky enough to play against players like Agassi or Tim Henman early in my career. It was a period in which there were excellent opponents. Even my single year of birth is impressive from this point of view: I don’t know how many top 10s were born in 1981! Hewitt, Federer, Davydenko, Lopez – these are just the first ones that come to mind. In the junior circuit I also played with Nalbandian and Coria”. The Viennese then concluded: “After all, I can say that I entered the top ten players in the world. This will surely be something that I will be proud of for the rest of my life.” At the 2010 edition of Roland Garros, Melzer was defeated in the semi-finals by Rafa Nadal in three sets.
Nole Djokovic is an icon
The latest to come forward in support of Novak Djokovic is news website The Babylon Bee’s CEO Seth Dillon. He argued that if the 21-time Grand Slam champion was allowed to play last year without getting the vaccination, there’s no reason to ban him this time. “Djokovic played in the U.S. Open last year, in 2021. He lost in the finals to Medvedev. He wasn’t vaccinated. Why in the name of almighty science can’t he play this year?” Dillon tweeted.