Djokovic On Musetti Defeat: ‘I Don’t Think It’s Catastrophic’ | ATP Tour


Novak Djokovic suffered a stunning three-set defeat to Lorenzo Musetti on Thursday at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. It is a match the World No. 1 wants to move on from quickly.

“I don’t think it’s catastrophic, but my feeling is bad right now because I lost the match,” Djokovic said. “That’s all. Congrats to my opponent. I move on.”

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Djokovic arrived in Monte-Carlo with jaw-dropping serving statistics, averaging one service game lost per match played in 2023. But against Musetti, whom he had defeated in all three of their previous ATP Head2Head matches, the top seed lost his serve eight times.

“Well, [my] feeling is terrible after playing like this, honestly,” Djokovic said. “But congrats to him. He stayed tough in important moments, and that’s it. That’s all I can say. Good luck to him.”

Reporters at Djokovic’s press conference pressed the Serbian to learn if he thought a performance like this was coming.

“You always hope for the good day in the office,” Djokovic said. “But yeah, I know I’m not playing so great and he’s playing very well, so I knew it was going to be a tough match. “

This was his first tournament since Dubai in early March. Djokovic confirmed he will play next week at the Srpska Open in Banja Luka.

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