The second round continued in this key. Carreno Busta took a 1-0 lead with a lot of effort, but was then again lost. Without ever running into danger with his own service, the 34-year-old took his opponent’s serve three times and left the field as the safe winner after almost 75 minutes. The next opponent for the Spaniard is either the Canadian Milos Raonic or the Serbian Dusan Lajovic.
“A perfect start for me”
For Nadal, the first appearance in Rome was the first clay court duel since winning the French Open 465 days ago. With the clear victory, the Spaniard sent a sporting warning for Paris to his rivals. “That was a perfect start for me. I played solidly and showed a few good shots from the fore and aft hand, ”explained Nadal.
But the Spaniard also pointed out that Carreno Busta in New York has had exhausting weeks behind him. “He played a fantastic tournament. Maybe he was still tired of it, ”said the world number two, who was happy about his own comeback. “It’s good to be back. It doesn’t feel good to play without fans though. But there is also a positive thing that our sport is back. “
Djokovic happy to return to court
The number one seed in Rome Djokovic also had no problems with the Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso and won 6: 3 6: 2. In the second round, Djokovic now meets his compatriot Filip Krajinovic. Djokovic is trying to polish up his image in Rome after the incidents in New York. Ten days ago, the 17-time Grand Slam winner at the US Open was disqualified after hitting a line judge on the neck with a ball that had been knocked away.
Djokovic hits again in Rome
After his disqualification at the US Open, Novak Djokovic returned to the ATP tour on Wednesday and won confidently in two sets.
“Time heals wounds, and I have to take it as a great lesson,” said Djokovic. After what had happened, he longed for the earliest possible match. “Because I think the feeling on the court should be positive,” said Djokovic after the game. He said he did not “feel any emotional or mental block”. “I felt very good.” Djokovic has won 27 of his 28 games this year. He is aiming for his 18th Grand Slam title at the French Open in Roland Garros on September 27th.
However, Jannick Sinner managed a surprise, making it to the round of 16 of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time. The 19-year-old South Tyrolean won 6: 1 6: 7 (9/11) 6: 2 against number three seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek was able to fend off two match points in the tie-break and fight his way into the third set. After a total of 59 unforced errors, Tsitsipas suffered another setback after his early defeat at the US Open.
ATP 1000 tournament in Rome
(Italy, 3,845,000 euros, sand)
WTA Premier tournament in Rome
(Italy, 1,692,169 euros, sand)