Novak Djokovic was, by one metric, historically bad last night for a Grand Slam match winner. He held on to beat Frenchman Giles Simon 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the round of 16 at the Australian Open, but he committed 100 unforced errors. In a way, this is more indicative of Simon’s style (as you can see in the video below), than an absolute stinker for Djokovic. Their first set went a whopping 58 minutes, and the whole thing took just over four-and-a-half hours. Simon is a return artist, and he just kept forcing Djokovic to beat himself, which he nearly did.
During his post-match interview, a fan yelled “NO MORE DROP SHOTS!” at Djokovic, advice which, despite its rude source, he took and agreed with. Djokovic himself said that Simon’s backboard-like tendency to hit it back rattled him and made him go for winners that weren’t there: