Tallon Greek Spoor was just unable to pull off a stunt in the eighth finals of the Masters tournament in Paris on Thursday. The Dutchman narrowly lost to world number one Novak Djokovic: 4-6, 7-6 (2) and 6-4.
The 26-year-old Greek track (ATP-23) played an excellent match against Djokovic and seemed to be on his way to one of the biggest victories of his career. After winning the first set convincingly, he had the opportunity to break Djokovic at 4-4 in the second set.
But Mozespoor was unable to capitalize on his break point, after which Djokovic and not he took a 5-4 lead. The set ended in a tiebreak, in which the Serbian lost only two points.
In the deciding set, Fransepoor fell behind 4-2, but the tennis player from Nieuw-Vennep came back nicely and made it 4-4. When he was allowed to serve to take the lead, Greek track was broken again. Djokovic, who did not seem completely fit and also sought confrontation with the audience, then held his serve and won the match.
Greek track wins a set against Djokovic for the first time
The 36-year-old Djokovic was already the top favorite in Paris after the elimination of Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz. In the quarter-finals he will face German Daniel Altmaier or Holger Rune from Denmark.
For Greek Spoor it was the third time that he played against Djokovic and the first time that he took a set at the expense of the 24-time Grand Slam winner. In 2021 at the US Open and earlier this year in Dubai, Djokovic won without losing a set.
With the elimination of Greek Spoor, no Dutch will participate in the singles in Paris anymore. Earlier in the day, Botic van de Zandschulp lost to the Russian Andrey Rublev. The score was 6-3 and 6-3.
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