After giving up the first set, Quebec’s Félix Auger-Aliassime pulled himself together to defeat Alejandro Davidovich Fokinac after around three hours of play at Tuesday’s Italian Open in Rome.
In a tight first set, Auger-Aliassime was the first to give up his serve. At 11and Game saved the FAA a first break point, but Davidovich Fokina used a second break point a little later to take the lead and break the Quebecer. The Spaniard completed the work on his serve and won the first set 6-4.
Auger-Aliassime needed the therapist’s help after the sentence.
Then at 11and In the second inning game, Auger-Aliassime faced two break points. He was able to keep his composure to win the game and go 5-4. The FAA finished the job in the 6-7 tiebreaker to force a final round.
He used the momentum to break Davidovich Fokina in the first game of the third set to eventually win that final set 2-6.
Shapovalov in the round of 16
Canada’s Denis Shapovalov reached the round of 16 of the Italian Open on Tuesday by eliminating Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili, the 25th player in the world, in straight sets 6-4 and 7-6(5) 1:39.
Seeded 13th, Shapovalov meets the winner of the duel between Rafael Nadal, who is aiming for the 11th crown in Rome, and the American John Isner.
Eighth seeded and first-round bye beneficiary, Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime faces Spaniard and 29th player in the world Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Djokovic advances without compulsion
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, still searching for the level of play that made him almost invincible after his retirement in men’s tennis, made another on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Russia’s Aslan Karatsev in his first game Step in the right direction at the Italian Open.
Seeded No. 1 and looking for a sixth title in Rome, Djokovic showed his fair-weather mobility towards the end of the first set when he collected a ball near the net post before sprinting to the other side where he hit a backhand volley ended up winner.
That’s the kind of point Djokovic was making day in and day out as he was a game away from sweeping all four Majors and closing the Grand Slam calendar last year.
Djokovic played on a pitch he particularly likes and responded with a wave of his hand that caused even louder applause from the spectators gathered in the stands of “Campo Centrale” and many to rise from their seats.
“You always hope to play points that are exciting and beautiful to look at, win them and celebrate with the crowd,” noted Djokovic, holder of 20 Grand Slam titles in men’s singles.
“That’s what the viewers want. They want energy, exciting times, fights and they want to see good tennis. »
Djokovic delivered a quality performance, committing just 10 unforced errors compared to 36 for his opponent.
In the next round he meets the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka or the Serb Laslo Djere. This duel is scheduled for Wednesday.
Djokovic needs to reach at least the semifinals in Rome to keep the top spot in the world rankings. Otherwise, Daniil Medvedev will replace him and become number one for the French Open, which starts in 12 days.
Djokovic missed several important tournaments earlier this year because he was not vaccinated against the coronavirus. For this reason, he was also expelled from Australia before the first Grand Slam tournament of the season in January.
Still looking for a first title in 2022, Djokovic lost to Russia’s Andrey Rublev in the Serbian Open final. He also lost to 19-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals of the Madrid Open on Saturday.
Schwartzman passes the 1st round with pain
Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, finalist of the 2020 edition, had to fight to make it through the first round by deleting two match points before beating Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in 2:45 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3rd place). ) took the lead.
Seeded No. 12 (15th in the world) recovered the energy of his seventeenth win of the year on clay (in 23 games), making him the most victorious on clay in 2022, ahead of Spanish phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz (16 wins in 17 games).
Broken early in the third set and leading 3-0, the Argentine had to bring out his best tennis, pressing his shots and scoring several nice drop shots to get back at Kecmanovic (31st in the world). He still had work to save two match points on his serve at the score of 4-5 before ending the deciding game.
Schwartzman meets American Marcos Giron (60th) in the round of 16, with the prospect of a quarterfinal against Djokovic, against whom he lost the final in 2020.
Rublev is swept away by Krajinovic
Russia’s Andrey Rublev (bib number 6), the recent winner of the Belgrade tournament by beating Novak Djokovic in the final, was beaten by Serbian Filip Krajinovic (2-6, 4-6) as he entered the race.
The 24-year-old Russian, who was a quarter-finalist in Madrid last week, was ejected in the second round in under 1 hour and 10 minutes from the world’s 54th on Roman clay, where he reached the quarter-finals last year.
In the round of 16, Krajinovic meets the Italian Fabio Fognini or the winner of the match between Jannick Sinner and Pedro Martinez.
Shapo qualifies for the round of 16 in Rome