The match between Novak Djokovic and Taylor Fritz could have gone down in the history of this tournament due to the success of the American, who at one point seemed the favorite considering the physical condition of the world number one, who, however, incredibly managed to overcome the round.
But something happened during this match that had never happened before on a tennis court. Because in Melbourne, at midnight local, the lockdown began and half an hour before the game was suspended to allow spectators to leave the pitch.
There is also a curfew there and at midnight everyone must be at home, and certainly not on a tennis court to watch a match, albeit an important one with Djokovic protagonist. For five days, from 13 to 17 February, the State of Victoria is in lockdown, all at home, you can only go out for reasons of necessity, as it was in Italy between March and April 2020, this is because there was a ‘surge in infections and it was discovered that the outbreak was produced by the English variant.
In short, there is a lot of fear in Melbourne and for this reason it has been established that in the coming days the matches will be held without fans, all behind closed doors. Djokovic and Fritz went for a long time and when the local 11.30pm struck the stewards practically invited the spectators off the pitch telling them, that by midnight they all had to be home, because the new lockdown would start at the stroke of midnight.
In a recent interview, Diego Schwartzman has explained why it is so hard to take on Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at Grand Slams events.
Schwartzman talks about the Big 3
“It’s not easy playing Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in five sets because you have to play your best tennis maybe for three, four hours, five hours.
It’s not easy. It’s not easy,” Diego Schwartzman told reporters. “Physically it’s very hard. Mentally it’s very hard. To improve and to beat the best guys on tour, you have to play them and you have to beat them.
“I am not going to say who is the better,” Schwartzman chuckled. “I can say that the most beautiful thing about these three guys is how different they are, on court and outside of the court. They are really different, even if you see the food from Nole, the food from Rafa and Roger.
And how they play on court; one likes to play on clay, one on grass… they are different. They have one leftie, one aggressive and one sliding like Novak. The most beautiful thing is how different these guys are. That’s amazing.
For me it is the best part to play with these guys. I enjoy it a lot because I can play against these guys in different tournaments.”