Djokovic wins match but complains of provocation by followers: ‘They’re not here to watch tennis’

Novak Djokovic misplaced his first set in Australian Open this 12 months, but suffered no nice risks in opposition to the Frenchman Enzo Cuaco, this Thursday. The Serbian tennis participant received 3 units to 1, with elements of 6/1, 6/7 (5/7), 6/2 and 6/0, in 3 hours and 4 minutes of confrontation and secured a spot within the third spherical.

After the controversial deportation from Australia final 12 months, Djokovic as soon as once more enjoys public help in Melbourne. The Serbian took to the court docket this Thursday with a left thigh brace. During the match, he confirmed some discomfort on the spot and acquired medical consideration on the sector within the second half.

Fans dressed as Wally disrupted the match, harassed Djokovic and had been ejected from the sport. picture: Reuters/REUTERS

It was this one which he misplaced to the younger Frenchman, a tennis participant who got here from the qualifiers and is presently ranked 191. But as soon as the scare wore off, the world quantity 5 rapidly responded and regained management of the match. The Serbian distinguished himself along with his 63 received balls in opposition to the opponent’s 36. The favourite dedicated extra unforced errors (36 to 32) and stunned by recording six double faults.

But he took no probabilities after the third set, which he dominated with ease. In the fourth, the “rubber” solely confirmed full management over the match, during which Djokovic did not even lose his serve – and made seven breaks over the Frenchman.

The match was marred from a younger age commotion within the stands of Rod Laver Arena. Four followers dressed because the character wall, disrupted play by yelling at ball disputes in an try to harm the Serbian tennis participant, who complained to the match referee. During one of the intervals, followers had been faraway from the stands.

In the third spherical, the previous #1 on the planet will face Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (twenty seventh seed), who superior after defeating Serbian Laszlo Jere 6-3, 6-2, 6-0.

This Thursday’s spherical additionally featured upsets among the many prime seeds. The largest of them was made by the Norwegian Kasper Ruud. The runner-up was eradicated by American Jenson Brooksby, world quantity 39, 6/3, 7/5, 6/7 (4/7) and 6/2.

In the third spherical, Brooksby will face compatriot Tommy Paul, who ousted one other prime seed within the race, Spain’s Alejandro Davidovic Fokina (thirtieth), 6/2, 2/6, 6/7 (4/7), 6/ 3 and 6/4.

Germany’s Alexander Zverev (twelfth), the previous world quantity two, has already bowed out of the competitors after being overwhelmed by American Michael Mmoh 6/7 (1/7), 6/4, 6/3, 6/2 .Zverev performed his first Grand Slam event for the reason that severe harm he suffered at Roland Garros final 12 months.

Also this Thursday, Russia’s Andrei Rublev (fifth), Denmark’s Holger Rune (ninth), Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut (twenty fourth) and Britain’s Daniel Evans (twenty fifth) superior to the third spherical. American Taylor Fritz (eighth), Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta (14th) and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman (twenty third) had been eradicated from the event.


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France’s Caroline Garcia (4th) and Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka (fifth) superior with wins in straight units. Garcia defeated Canada’s Leila Fernandez 7/6 (7/5) 7/5, whereas Sabalenka defeated American Shelby Rogers 6/3 6/1.

The tennis participant from France will face the German Laura Siegemund, who eradicated the Belgian Irina-Camelia Begu (twenty seventh) with 5/7, 7/5 and 6/3. And the participant from Belarus will face the Belgian Elise Mertens (twenty sixth), who eradicated the American Lauren Davis with 6/4 and 6/3. Reigning Olympic champion Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic (twelfth) additionally superior, overcoming China’s Claire Liu 7/6 (7/3) and 6/3.

The following seeds additionally reached the third spherical: the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova (nineteenth), the Chinese Zhang Shuai (twenty third) and the Czech Karolina Pliskova (thirtieth).

The Russians Veronika Kudermetova (ninth) and Lyudmila Samsonova (18th) and the Estonian Annette Kontaveit (sixteenth) bid an early farewell to the Australian Grand Slam.

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