Novak Djokovic already stepped into the ATP 500 quarter-finals in Vienna after defeating Borna Coric 7-6 (11) and 6-3 in 2h: 08, Round that will play on Friday against the winner of the Hubert Hurkacz-Lorenzo Sonego.
The Serbian virtually assured to finish the year as number one for the sixth time, which will match him with Pete Sampras. According to the official calculations published today by the ATP, si Rafa Nadal signed up for the ATP 250 in Sofia (November 8-14), something that is not in his plans, the Balearic would still have a chance to fight for the title. The two will face off at the ATP Finals, the Masters that will kick off in London on November 15.
Djokovic suffered a lot in the first set. Partly because of his lack of punch and partly because Coric was so brave. The Croatian had three break balls that he did not take advantage of and another three from set in the tremendous tie-break that was resolved after 24 points. He forgave the wolf of Belgrade so much that he ended up with a bite.
In the second, the number one broke for 2-1 and no longer released the prey. Sharper, he ended up feeling better than he started and with another final break.
That allowed him to catch up with ‘Pistol’ Pete, his idol, as he has recognized in the recently published book ‘Pete Sampras: Greatness Revisted’ by Steve Flink.. In it, Nole recognizes how the game of the American impacted and influenced him “I was six years old and I watched Sampras play that Wimbledon final. The first image I have of professional tennis was Pete’s victory in that final against Courier in 1993. I was impressed with his skills and composure and watching him play on the most sacred court in tennis. I fell in love with all that, “he says on the pages.
Pablo Carreño had a bad day. Deconcentrated, he went from breaking up in the first set against Kevin Anderson to losing 7-5 and 6.1. The young (19 years old) Jannik Sinner (7-6 and 6-3 to Casper Ruud) went to the second round, where he will face Andrey Rublev, one of the fittest players this year. Tsitsipas beat Struff 6-7 (3), 6-4 and 6-4 and Pospisil with Auger-Aliassime (double 7-5).