World number 1 Novak Djokovic beat Russian Aslan Karatsev (35th) 6-3, 6-2 at 1:30 on Tuesday to qualify for the last 16 of the Masters 1000 in Rome.
“no“, the five-time winner and outgoing finalist in Rome, in the next round, either with compatriot Laslo Djere (59th), whom he bitterly defeated in Belgrade last month, or an old acquaintance with Swiss Stan Wawrinka (361), on a long hiatus due to injury. then he won his first victory in fifteen months on Monday Less than two weeks to Roland-Garros (22 May – 5 June), Djokovic is still looking for some reference after the first quarter nearly stalled with his expulsion from Australia: evidence of some handling issues and positioning.
But the Serbian, who should reach the semi-finals if he wants to retain the world No. 1 place that Daniil Medvedev covets, did not use his substitutes to sack Karatsev, who had beaten him in their previous match in Belgrade in April 2021. and so far only confrontation on mustard. Djokovic accelerated in the first set. Having lost his serve after the first time-out in his favor, the Serbian took over the Russians’ match again and took the lead 5-3 using a shot advantage that he completely missed.
Whoever sees Rome like himsecond houseHe finished the first set delighting the audience on the net before loosening to finish the second set 6-2. “I don’t call Rome +my second home+ for nothing, I can play here safely“The Serbian, a five-time winner and finalist on the banks of the Tiber, smiled almost exclusively at a post-match press conference in Italian, pleasing the transalpine press.
“Djoko“Having been in the Masters 1000 in Rome for sixteen years in a row, he really didn’t have to push to earn his 60th victory at Foro Italico, he’s the one who needs to reach the semi-finals if he wants to keep his place in N.1. Favorite of Daniil Medvedev. While a few shifts and some delays in positioning pointed to adjustments that needed to be made in less than two weeks from Roland-Garros (May 22-June 5), it nearly stalled after the first quarter due to its incredible export from Australia. .
Eighth place will meet compatriot Laslo Djere (59th), whom he bitterly defeated in Belgrade last month, or Swiss Stan Wawrinka (361st), winner of his first match on Monday after a long injury.