The world number one, playing his second tournament of the season after Dubai in February, fell three sets to the Spaniards.
Return to slope number one Novak Djokovic He had a brief, fleeting position in Monte Carlo, where he fell at the first opportunity, surpassing the Spaniards in the second round. Alexander Davidovich, Who achieved a memorable victory (6-3, 6-7 (5) and 6-1) with the Serbs’ chances of suspicion and inaction.
The Serbian has not played since the Czechs reached the quarter-finals against Jerry Vesel in the Dubai tournament in February. It was the only event he could take part in until then. Where the Australian Open and the American tour, the Indian Wells and the Miami Masters 1000 in Miami required the covid vaccine, it is not mandatory.
Djokovic now has a free hand in the open pebble stage in Monte Carlo and he doesn’t want to waste it. Madrid and, above all, Roland Garros, on the horizon, to feel like a player again and recreate his name in the circuit in which he dominates.
A lot has happened on tour with the cold out of Serbia. The new winner, Russian Daniel Medvedev, is temporarily tied for the number one 21-day defeat and the one who lost later or the disaster of young Carlos Alcaraz, with whom he could find himself in the quarter-finals.
But his time at the Carlo Country Club in Monte was short-lived, where the Balkans have trained for a decade. The 20-major winner failed to extend his run in his second tournament of the season. Djokovic has been knocked out of the competition only twice before in his first match. It was his first participation, in 2006, against Roger Federer, and a decade later, in 2016, against Vesel.
The Spaniard had an unbeaten chance of achieving his most important victory so far. He had a rival before him, lacking in games, without filming, and emotionally affected. Psychologically 2022 has been touched by what it was so far.
Davidovich did not waste it, gaining confidence with every point and winning. And that didn’t diminish when Djokovic reacted to level the match. Pull the Spanish to maturity and keep typing until its opponent is tired. Taking the world’s number one flight and getting back to its level will not be easy. Especially if he doesn’t submit the game, minutes on the pitch.
Extremely irregular, the Belgrade tennis player who won twice in Monte Carlo (2013 and 2015) ran with an adult opponent who was willing to take his chance, who played shamelessly and without complication.
There were a few times that Djokovic pulled from the collection and showed injuries and skillful executions in a match that looked crooked and without any comfort at first. The Serbian could not find the tone and lost his serve twice in the opening bar of the first set.
Davidovich, who was clearly outscored by the Serbs at the Rome Games and at the Tokyo Olympic Games last year, had met twice before, standing 4-1, which gave him his first victory. The set that won 6-3.
Serbian panorama did not improve later. Head bowed, conditioned by his irregular errors and his irregularities in the game. The Spaniard took a break from the start and went on to win 3-1 in a quarter of an hour with his serve to take a 3-0 lead. What was it. The Andalusians resisted, close to victory.
Djokovic has not given up and has not lost the fourth game he has played so far this season. He got 3-2 and the service was in his favor, but he lost it. Suffering from the world number one Davidovich variant that began to abuse the left. First a solution and then a habit that no longer bothers the Balkans who are already fully involved in the conflict.
Last year’s quarter-finalists surpassed Spanish-Greek champion Stefanos Citcipas and dropped to the level. She felt the effort. He requested medical help for a wrist discomfort. Nevertheless, he reached the tiebreaker in the second set and was two points away from victory. It slipped out of his hands.
Djokovic closed the second set and celebrated the victory. Exit. He survived, staying in the game. But Davidovich too. He was up to his big occasion and didn’t give up.
The Andalusians who had come out of every calamity beautifully resumed their vibrations. He gradually became tired and stopped the opponent. Lack of play has been noticed there. Seeing his opponent touch, Davidovich did not tremble and did not forgive him. He was before his great occasion. After playing for about three hours, he sealed the deal with great success.
Alejandro Davidovich is already in the 16th round. Djokovic said goodbye and the Spaniard extended his stay. In the 16th round, he will play against the winner of the match between Belgian David Goffin, who defeated Czech Jiri Leheka 6-4, 6-3 and British Daniel Evans.
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