Novak Djokovic has admitted that he changed his underwear throughout a bathroom break that helped him “come back as a new player” in a record-breaking, epic win on the French Open over an opponent who has been blasted by Boris Becker.
World primary Djokovic survived a serious scare on the Grand Slam, recovering from shedding two tie-breaks to fall two units behind in opposition to Lorenzo Musetti earlier than dropping only one sport within the closing three units to storm to the quarterfinals.
The struggling Serb celebrity employed a well-recognized tactic by taking a bathroom break as he confronted the prospect of a shock defeat to the world quantity 75 on the finish of the second set.
“If you really want to know, during the break I changed over the underwear and the rest,” Djokovic revealed to reporters after the comeback victory that gave him the most five-set wins at a Grand Slam of all time.
So @DjokerNole Novak Djokovic loses the first 2 sets to Lorenzo Musetti, takes a “Toilet Break” and then wins 16 of the next 17 games to go 4-0 in the 5th and nobody thinks that’s suspicious?? pic.twitter.com/se6Oq3V3MP
— The Boxing Post (@TheBoxingPost) June 8, 2021
“But you mainly use this moment to reset you mentally, changing your environment. Even if it’s a short break, you can have a few deep breaths and come back as a new player.”
That is exactly what occurred as Djokovic outclassed the teenager within the the rest of the match to arrange a conflict with another Italian, world quantity 9 Matteo Berrettini – and the character of Musetti’s defeat, retiring when he appeared getting ready to defeat at 4-Zero down within the fifth set, drew an unimpressed response from tennis nice Boris Becker.
Ah the basic Djokovic rest room break when he’s shedding. Of course.
— Mark (@marko_vb) June 7, 2021
“When you face the biggest in the scene, you have to be ready physically and mentally,” warned the three-time winner of the tournament, speaking to Tennis Tonic.
“The young guns don’t understand that. It’s not just playing tennis, it’s about character and personality. I didn’t see a very bad injury. That’s why I don’t think it’s good to stop.
It’s noticeable that the big three – Federer, Djokovic, Nadal. Every time they are in trouble in a match. 2 sets down etc. They go off court for an extended break. Toilet? Injury? And come back rejuvenated. Ok by rules. Gamesmanship or what or nothing #RG2021
— Ardija Fan🌳 (@ardija01talk) June 7, 2021
Who knew Djokovic had hidden his tennis in the toilet to save for set 3???
— 🦉 (@coferdinkt) June 7, 2021
“You should have respect for the other player and say, ‘he beat me today – it’s 6-0’. It’s a test of maturity.”
Becker had warmer words for Musetti’s overall form, describing him as the best teenager in tennis alongside rival Jannik Sinner.
Better for Musetti also to take a toilet break after the 4th set.He may find Djokovic’s machine somewhere…
— Tennistonic (@tennistonic) June 7, 2021
At least one sports journalist (Sam Godwin) is also baffled by Musetti’s very sudden collapse immediately after the toilet break. Wasn’t it like the players swapped bodies? I have Zero idea what happened. Why didn’t Djokovic step up before the toilet break?
— KT Hamilton (@KT_Hamilton1969) June 8, 2021
“Athletically, he can absolutely keep up. Novak had problems with Musetti’s style of play,” he said.
“He does everything quite well. He doesn’t have the big weapon, but the serve is okay, the movement, the technique and also the confidence because he had already won many matches this year.”
Musetti acknowledged that the issue that caused him to call it quits could not be classed as an injury. “It’s, well, just a little bit of cramps and a little bit of low back pain,” he said.
“I was not able to win a point any more, and so was not really [ready]. I am grateful also for the crowd that was there, so I decided to retire.”