As is often the case when he loses in a Grand Slam tournament, the Serbian did not hesitate to talk about his ailments in words. “Sinner had a great match and is having a great tournament so far. He deserves his final place. Bravo to him. He totally dominated me today and he played a perfect match.” Not the man with 24 Grand Slam titles, who fell from a height: I was shocked by my level, in the bad sense of the word. In particular, I didn't do much good in the first two sets. I think this is one of my worst Grand Slam matches. It's not very pleasant to play this way. He did everything better than me, in all aspects of the game. I fought and managed to raise the level a little in the third set. I played a good tie-break, saving a match point. But it wasn't enough and the level of performance of my tennis was not very good overall. »
One terrible statistic sums it all up. For the first time in his career in a Grand Slam tournament, the Serbian did not get a break point the entire match! “This statistic speaks volumes. He served very well, with great precision and he was comfortable with his shots.
Unfortunately for French tennis, the master of the place, ten times winner in Melbourne, played his best tennis against Mannarino in the round of 16. But he never really found his stride: “I had a good match against (Adrian) Mannarino but most of my matches were not up to what I normally do in Australia. I didn’t really feel like myself on the court during the tournament.” And to give – a priori – an appointment for next year: “It was a very special city (Melbourne), the best – by far – Grand Slam of my career. I just hope I get the chance to come back and play at least one last time and go through those emotions again. »