During their 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-8 quarterfinal win against top seeds Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers at the Mallorca Open on Wednesday, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and partner Carlos Gomez-Herrera put on an astonishing rally against top seeds Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers.
The four players were involved in a long and exciting point in the ninth game of the second set, which was eventually won by Djokovic and Gomez-Herrera.
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The Serb and Spaniard came back from a set down to win the match in a tiebreaker and advance to the ATP 250 semifinals.
Novak Djokovic and Carlos Gomez-Herrera have had a fantastic run in Mallorca.
Novak Djokovic is in Mallorca for a doubles tournament in preparation for Wimbledon.
Despite being one of the best singles players of all time, Novak Djokovic only has one ATP doubles victory to his name. He is one win away from reaching his third ATP doubles final after reaching the quarterfinals in Mallorca.
Djokovic and Gomez-Herrera averted match points in their first-round match against Nikola Cacic and Tomislav Brkic before winning 13-11 in a set tiebreaker. The Serb looked in great form from both the baseline and at the net, hitting a couple beautiful volleys that drew a standing ovation from the fans.
In the second round, both Djokovic and Gomez-Herrera faced a one-set deficit. They did, however, upset the top seeds Zeballos and Granollers with a strong performance.
“We’re having a lot of fun,” Djokovic remarked after the match in an on-court interview. “Beating one of the best doubles players in the world after dropping the first set was a tremendous triumph for us.” Even though we lost the first set, I think we played well.”On the grass, doubles? “Anything can happen in an instant,” he added. “As was the case today, one or two shots can determine the winner. Xarly, on the other hand, performed admirably when it mattered most. “Without a doubt, he won.”
While Djokovic has appeared in numerous major tournaments during his career, Gomez-Herrera will be playing in his maiden semifinal on Thursday. Third-seeded Oliver Marach and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi will be their opponents.
Gomez-Herrera attributed their run to the final four to the World No. 1.
“He got to [the semi-finals] by himself since I didn’t put a ball [on the court] for two sets,” the Spaniard said. “Thank goodness for Novak’s presence, since it’s like a dream for me. Although I am awake, I am dreaming. He’s with me on the court, which means a lot to me.”