Djokovic beats Krajinovic in Vienna opener

28 Octobre, 2020, 08:05 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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In his first appearance in Vienna since 2007, Djokovic's main competition for the title will come from defending champion Dominic Thiem, who is playing on home soil, and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who recently took Djokovic to five sets in the French Open semi-finals.

Last year, Thiem defeated Diego Schwartzman for his first title at Vienna, and become the first home talent to take the title since Jurgen Melzer in 2010. Thiem revealed on Monday that Djokovic had delivered his prize money from the Belgrade event of the ill-fated Adria Tour that was cancelled after a number of players, including Djokovic, tested positive for Covid-19.

However, the young Greek may first have to face Grigor Dimitrov in the second round after the Bulgarian, ranked 20, beat Karen Khachanov in impressive style, 7-6 (6), 6-3.

But Djokovic arrived in Vienna as the favourite not just to reach the final but to win the title.

It was Djokovic's first match since losing the French Open final to Rafael Nadal, and his first indoor tournament since the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid in November 2019.

The US Open champion Dominic Thiem, a beneficiary of Djokovic's disqualification in NY, also progressed on home soil.

A couple of breaks in the second set allowed Djokovic to clinch victory - his 38th in 40 matches this year. Thiem may have drawn a lucky loser in his opener courtesy of Alex de Minaur's late withdrawal, but second in line would be either Wawrinka or No22 Cristian Garin, followed by one of the players of the year in the shape of Rublev.

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He was certainly tested by his compatriot in the first game, through nearly nine minutes and two break points, but held.

Krajinovic served for the first set at 5-4 and then held a set point in the tie-break but couldn't take advantage. We're good friends, I've known Filip for a long time.

"It's not the first time that I kind of start a bit slower in the beginning of a tournament and then every day I get kind of a step further in the right direction", he added.

He had to work hard as Krajinovic, who lost to Djokovic in last month's Italian Open at the last-16 stage, twice broke serve in a tight opener, helping establish a 5-3 lead at one point.

With his opponent's resistance and nerves broken, it was a swifter job for Djokovic in the second set, after getting a quick break for 2-1. He later missed a set point at 6-5 in the tiebreaker and netted a smash on the following point.

He next plays Borna Coric, who beat Taylor Fritz, 6-4, 6-4.

Evans was in a strong position, leading 6-3 4-5, when the Slovenian called time on the match after suffering a right thigh injury.

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