Djokovic sends Karatsev for easier placement in the finals in Rome Tennis news

ROME: Novak DjokovicThe love affair with Rome continued as the five-time champion achieved his 60th victory at Italian Open with a 6-3, 6-2 success Aslan Karatsev Tuesday.
The Serb has never lost before the quarterfinals of the tournament, and now he has only three wins less than entering the club with 1,000 wins.
“He probably has the biggest calf we have in tennis. A very strong guy, just solid from the baseline,” Djokovic said of 35th Karatsev.

“You never know with him. If he feels the ball, he can be very dangerous because he stays so close to the line, he puts pressure on his opponents.”
Karatsev made 36 unforced errors during the match, and Djokovic made sure to take advantage of those mistakes.
“He was missing a lot of points today, he gave me a few breaks in the first and second.
“I will definitely take this victory. It is a victory in a row against a quality opponent and I am looking forward to the next challenge,” the Serb continued.
Djokovic, who is world number one in a record 369 weeks, must reach at least the semifinals in Rome to stay at the top of the table and avoid being overtaken Daniil Medvedev.
In the last 16, Djokovic will meet his compatriot Laszlo Gere or the three-time grand champion Stan Wawrinka.
Djokovic started with a service interruption on the way to a 2-0 lead, but Karatsev immediately erased his backlog and equalized.
The first seed stepped up the pressure to break again in the eighth game and closed the set in great style, showing off his volleyball skills in front of a lively Roman audience.
Djokovic gained a 4-0 advantage in the second set and sealed the first opportunity with a 90-minute victory, to improve to 2-1 in his match against Karatsev.
Grigor Dimitrov and Stefanos Tsitsipas will compete for the second time in seven days after the Bulgarian defeated US qualifier Brandon Nakashima 6-3, 6-4 in the first round on Tuesday.
It was Dimitrov’s 10th victory in the Masters 1000 match this season and he will be looking for only his second victory over Tsitsipas in their sixth meeting in their career.
Argentine Diego Schwartzman saved two match points and recovered from a 15-game losing streak during his in-form clash Miomir Kecmanović before breaking the ticket for the second round with a score of 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3). The next 12th seed will face lucky loser Marcos Girona.
Britain’s ninth seed Cameron Norrie saved 4/4 break points in his 6-4 success, 6-4 over local wildcard Luc Nardi and the next will play against former US Open champion Marin Čilić.
In the women’s tournament, Madrid finalist Jessica Pegula enjoyed a winning start to her campaign, defeating world number 25 Liudmila Samsonova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and advancing to the second round.
Runner-up to Our Jabeur in the Spanish capital on Saturday, Pegula endured 38 winners from the great Samson to organize a showdown in the final 32 with Ukrainian Angelina Kalinin in form.
13th seed Pegula, who played against Samson with a heavy left thigh, reached the quarterfinals in Rome last season and improved her 2022 win-loss to 18-9.
Former French Open champion and 11th seed Jelena Ostapenko was sent off by American qualifier Lauren Davis 6-2, 6-3 in just one hour and 10 minutes.
American 32nd tennis player of the world Amanda Anisimova, former Roland Garros semifinalist, in the next round she will meet Olympic winner Belinda Benčić after she recovered from the pastries from the second set and defeated the Czech qualifier Tereza Martincova 6-2, 0-6, 6-4.

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