After the 2021 US Open, Novak Djokovic faced a setback in his first appearance in the Western and Southern Opens. Djokovic and Nikola Casic were defeated by Jamie Murray and Michael Venus with a score of 6-4, 6-2, marking a disappointing return to the country following a series of events affected by the restrictions due to He’s COVID-19 vaccine status.
Directly following his remarkable execution at the Wimbledon last, He was set to play his most memorable cutthroat match against Carlos Alcaraz. However, Alcaraz ultimately triumphed in a closely contested match against the Australian qualifier Jordan Thompson with a scoreline of 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. This defeat marked He’s first ATP loss after securing 50 consecutive wins during the past US Open season.
The Serbian player will have several opportunities to reclaim the lead in the ATP rankings.
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His setback at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic and his team are skipping the Canada Masters 1000 event to rest and prepare for the US Open, aiming to maintain a strong position.
Novak Djokovic kicked off his campaign against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina with a 6-4 set win, signaling a strong start after his 2019 Cincinnati Open exit that came right after his Wimbledon final appearance. he’s first competitive match on American soil in two years showcased his friendship with the Spanish player, and he managed to assert his professional dominance with a 4-1 head-to-head record against him. The Serbian star got the initial set 6-4, ingraining certainty.
However, the second set took an unexpected turn as Fokina was forced to retire due to an unfortunate injury during the first game. This sudden twist intensified the atmosphere, even though he’s victory in a walkover fashion allowed him to progress and enter the tournament’s next round. Even though the match ended abruptly, Djokovic displayed his sportsmanship and respect for his opponent, Fokina. Fokina will quickly recover and return to the court, especially with the upcoming US Open in New York, a tournament he has expressed hope for. He acknowledged the crowd’s disappointment and expectations of a full-fledged battle between both players.
With this new triumph, but offbeat, Djokovic has set his excursion in the Cincinnati Open, prepared to work on his structure and execution all through the opposition.
Looking forward to the following test, He will confront French player Monfils, where he stays unbeaten.
He’s confident victory against Monfils and his reference to the “duel of giants” in a light-hearted manner indicates an exciting match on the horizon.
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