The ace tennis player Novak Djokovic went against wild card entry Salvatore Caruso.
The match took place in the clay court of Foro Italico situated in Rome. After about one hour and 24 minutes of crossing swords, Novak emerged victorious with a score of 6-3,6-2.
Novak is the only athlete to reach nine finals in the Italian Open and won four. In the next play, he will face Serb Filip Krajinovic to enter the quarter-finals.
In tennis, singles players like Roger Federer, Rafel Nadal, Andy Murrey, and Novak are often termed as the sport’s Big Four until 2017.
It is only then, other players like Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin del Potro, and Dominic Thiem started showing up and sweeping the major titles.
The Grand Slam also includes four major tennis events, like the Australian Open in mid-January, the French Open in May to early June, the Wimbledon Open in June and July, and the US Open, which is held in August-September.
After facing a loss in the US Open, Novak stated, “I didn’t feel that I had any mental or emotional blockages or any dramas playing a match today.”
The current world’s number one player entered the central court, joyfully greeting his imaginary spectators.
Abiding by the rules of social distancing, the players went along with their respective matches with empty seats surrounding them.
Despite the lack of audience, Novak indicated that he could still hear the fans’ noise. “I don’t know who it was, but it was noise coming from there during the points,” he said.
Pushing into the third round, Rafael Nadal, who also made his win against Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, said: “Not beautiful, the feeling playing without spectators, because the energy of the fans is impossible to describe.” The recent feat of Rafael marks his first win in almost six months.
The 17-time grand slam winner tested positive for COVID-19 last June. His diagnosis resulted after participating in a charity tournament, which he organized in Siberia and Croatia.
Many other players who participated in the tournament also tested positive for the virus, headlining major sports news worldwide. The surge of COVID-19 positive cases in the event led to the cancellation of the finale, with Novak issuing an apology statement.
In September, while playing in the US Open, the player faced disqualification for accidentally hitting a line judge with the ball. Winning his 18th title seemed easy, but after the said move, he was forced to drop out of the tournament.
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