Tennis: Djokovic comes to Paris with semi-final exit


Novak Djokovic lost to Czech Tomas Machac in his dress rehearsal for the French Open. The 37-year-old world number one and Grand Slam record winner lost to the 23-year-old in the semifinals of the ATP clay court tournament in Geneva on Friday with 4:6 6:0 1:6. For the first time since 2018, the Serb will travel to the Major in Paris, where he is the defending champion, without winning a tournament in the year.

24.05.2024 18.41

Online since yesterday, 6.41pm (Update: yesterday, 7.53pm)

How Djokovic will get to Roland Garros is something only he knows. The 24-time Grand Slam tournament winner showed different faces against Machac. In the first set he took a 4-1 lead before losing the set 4-6. In the second set, Djokovic gave the world number 44 no chance before the Serb’s resistance was no longer strong in the third set.

It is also conceivable that Djokovic considered his task in Geneva to be solved after three matches and that he now wants to prepare for the clay court major like all his competitors in Paris. Although the three-time French Open winner has not won a tournament since mid-November, when he won the Masters in Turin, he is one of the favorites in Paris. In the first round, Djokovic will face the French local hero Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Djokovic stumbles in Geneva semifinal

Novak Djokovic was eliminated in the semifinals of the ATP tournament in Geneva. The world number one from Serbia had to admit defeat to the Czech Tomas Machac with 4:6 6:0 1:6. The Grand Slam record winner will therefore travel to the French Open in Paris without a tournament win this year.

ATP 250 tournament in Geneva

(Switzerland, 651,865 euros, clay court)

Semifinals: Tomas Machac (CZE) Novak Djokovic (SRB/1) 6:4 0:6 6:1 Casper Ruud (NOR/2) Flavio Cobolli (ITA) -:- -:- Quarterfinals table: Novak Djokovic (SRB/1) Tallon Griekspoor (NED/6) 7:5 6:1 Tomas Machac (CZE) Alex Michelsen (USA) 6:3 7:6 (7/2) Flavio Cobolli (ITA) Alexander Schewtschenko (KAZ) 6:4 6:4 Casper Ruud (NOR/2) Sebastian Baez (ARG/5) 6:3 3:6 6:4 Round of 16 table: Novak Djokovic (SRB/1) Yannick Hanfmann (GER) 6:3 6:3 Tallon Griekspoor (NED/6) Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 6:7 (7/9) 7:6 (7/4) 6:3 Alex Michelsen (USA) Taylor Fritz (USA/3) 6:4 4:6 7:5 Tomas Machac (CZE) Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (USA) 4:6 7:5 6:0 Alexander Schewtschenko (KAZ) Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) where Flavio Cobolli (ITA) Ben Shelton (USA/4) 4:6 7:6 (7/1) 6:2 Sebastian Baez (ARG/5) Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) 6:3 6:0 Casper Ruud (NOR/2)

Sebastian Ofner (AUT)

4:6 6:2 6:2


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