ATP: Félix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov and Novak Djokovic to Rome

After giving up the first set, Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime pulled together to defeat Alejandro Davidovich Fokinac at the Italian Open in Rome on Tuesday after about three hours of play.

In a tight first set, Auger-Aliassime gave in first on his serve. At 11 o’clockand game, FAA saved a first break point, but Davidovich Fokina moments later took advantage of a second break point to take the lead and break the Quebecer. The Spaniard completed work on his serve and won the first set 6-4.

Auger-Aliassim needed the therapist’s help after the set.

Then, at 11and game of the second inning, Auger-Aliassime gave up two break runs. He was able to keep his composure to win the match and make it 5-4. FAA completed the job in the 6-7 tiebreak to force a final round.

He took advantage of the momentum to break Davidovich Fokina in the first game of the third set to eventually take this final set 2-6.

Shapovalov in the round of 16

Canadian Denis Shapovalov reached the round of 16 of the Italian Open on Tuesday by knocking out Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, the 25th player in the world, in two sets of 6-4 and 7-6 (5) and 1h39 minutes of play.

Placed 13th, Shapovalov will face the winner of the game between Rafael Nadal, who is looking for an 11th crown in Rome, and American John Isner.

Eighth seed and beneficiary of a first-round bye, Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime will face Spaniard and 29th player in the world Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Djokovic continues without forcing

Serb Novak Djokovic, still looking for the level of play that made him almost invincible after being sidelined on the men’s tennis circuit, took another step in his first match 6-3, 6-2 against Russian Aslan Karatsev on Tuesday. the right direction. at the Italian Open.

Number 1 seed and looking for a sixth title in Rome, Djokovic showed his mobility in fair weather towards the end of the first set when he collected a ball near the net post before sprinting to the other side where he landed a backhand volley winner.

It’s the kind of point Djokovic reached day in and day out when he was one game away from winning all four majors and completing the Grand Slam calendar last year.

Djokovic played on a track he particularly likes and responded by making a gesture with his hands that led the spectators in the stands of the “Campo Centrale” to applaud even louder and for many to get up from their seats.

“You always hope to play points that are exciting and beautiful to watch, win them and celebrate with the crowd,” noted Djokovic, holder of 20 Grand Slam titles in men’s singles.

“That’s what viewers want. They want energy, exciting times, fights and they want to see good tennis. †

Djokovic delivered a quality performance, making only 10 unforced errors, compared to 36 for his opponent.

In the next round he crosses swords with the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka or the Serb Laslo Djere. This game is scheduled for Wednesday.

Djokovic must reach at least the semi-finals in Rome to maintain the top position 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 corona virus. For this reason, he was also expelled from Australia for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, in January.

Still looking for his first title in 2022, Djokovic lost to Russian Andrey Rublev in the final of the Serbian Open. He also lost to 19-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the Madrid Open semifinal on Saturday.

Schwartzman passes 1st round in pain

Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, finalist of the 2020 edition, had to fight to make it to the 1st round by clearing two match points before taking Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic to 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3) in 2:45.

The seeded number 12 (15th in the world) went for the energy of his seventeenth victory of the year on clay (in 23 matches), with which he had the most victories on this surface in 2022, ahead of Spanish phenom Carlos Alcaraz (16 victories in 17 matches).

Broken and led 3-0 at the start of the third set, the Argentine had to use his best tennis, press his shots and score several nice drop shots to return to Kecmanovic (31st in the world). He had to save two more match points at 4-5 on his serve before he could close the deciding game.

Schwartzman will face American Marcos Giron (60th) in the second round, facing a quarterfinal against Djokovic, whom he lost in the final in 2020.

Rublev wiped out by Krajinovic

Russian Andrey Rublev (seed no. 6), the recent winner of the Belgrade tournament by beating Novak Djokovic in the final, was beaten at the start by Serbian Filip Krajinovic (2-6, 4-6).

Quarter-finalist last week in Madrid, the 24-year-old Russian was ejected in the second round in under 1 hour and 10 minutes by the world’s 54th on Roman clay where he reached the quarter-finals last year.

In the round of 16, Krajinovic will face Italian Fabio Fognini or the winner of the match between Jannick Sinner and Pedro Martinez.

Shapo qualifies for Round of 16 in Rome

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