Novak Djokovic expressed his relief, there was no “mental or emotional interruption or drama” as he drifted to Italian wild card entry Salvatore Caruso in the third round at the Italian Open on Wednesday in his first match since his US Open default. . “I was really looking forward to the official match happening as soon as possible after what happened in New York.” The Serb was on his best behavior after being dramatically disqualified on September 6 as he accidentally hit a line judge while hitting the ball in frustration.
He said, “I did not feel that there is any mental or emotional obstruction or there is any drama playing.”
Djokovic, who said he had learned a “big lesson” from his first disqualification, was eager to move to Rome.
The 33-year-old greets an imaginary crowd in a playful crowd in a vacant Central Court of Foro Italico due to playful coronovirus measures.
Only a few noisy workers managed to unite the 17-time Grand Slam winner after the break point.
“It was very, very quiet, which is very unusual for us to use here in Rome, with one of the loudest and most energetic crowds on the tour.
“But there was someone in the corridor of the stadium talking about five, six people, I don’t know who it was, but it was noisy during the dots coming from there.
“That’s the one thing we, myself and Caruso also told the chair umpire.”
Djokovic left from his US Open just before he went on to win the Cincinnati Masters at Flushing Meadows Court.
Djokovic, who was unbeaten in 2020 before his US Open default, said, “It was a great test for me. I was handling myself at crucial moments.”
“I was in control of the match.”
Hallep, Azarenka Advance
Djokovic, who has played nine finals in Rome, and has won four titles, will meet 29th-ranked compatriot Filip Krajinovic or Italian qualifier Marco Cecchinato, who finished 113th for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Nine-time Rome winner Rafael Nadal will return to the competition on Wednesday after a six-month hiatus associated with the coronovirus epidemic.
Number two seeded for the number three spot, Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta plays in the recent semi-finals at the US Open.
Third-seeded Stephanos Tsitipas lost 6–1, 6–7 (9/11), 6–2 to teenager Janik Sinnar of Italy, 6–2, 6–2 to sixth-seeded David Goffin of Croatia, Marin Cilic of Croatia Broke out of.
Top female seed Simona Halep returned a month after winning in Prague to make it easy for 99th-ranked Italian Jasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-4.
The 28-year-old Romanian said “it was a little difficult to regain the rhythm and relax,” leaving the US Open but bidding for a second French Open title later this month.
The world’s number two, two-time Rome finalist, meets either American Amanda Anisimova or Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska.
US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka stepped on the clay surface off clay court to beat American Venus Williams 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 in her first-round match.
Belarusian Azarenka will play third seeded American Sophia Kainin, who is the Australian Open champion, for a place in the third round.
Swiss sixth-seed Belinda Bencic lost to Montenegro in her second-round match of 86th-ranked Danka Kovnik 6-3, 6-1.
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