Djokovic stunned by lucky loser Sonego in Vienna

31 Octobre, 2020, 07:23 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Novak Djokovic had no answer against Lorenzo Sonego

Novak Djokovic lost for only the third time this year after a listless effort in the Erste Bank Open quarterfinals and walked away happy.

The 25-year-old is the first lucky loser to beat Djokovic ever, and the first time Djokovic has lost to a player outside of the Top 40 since he lost to a world No. 72-ranked Marco Cecchinato at Roland Garros in 2018.

It was his heaviest ever defeat in a three-set match. He fell 4-0 behind, and won just five points on Sonego's serve in the opening set. The Serb suffered a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Italy's Lorenzo Sonego at the quarterfinals of Vienna Open 2020.

Despite losing to a lucky loser for the first time, Djokovic was remarkably content. "I have done what I came here for, securing the number one". I came here with zero expectations, just wanting to do my best. "I move on completely fine with today's result and looking to the next chapter", Djokovic said.

Djokovic is expected to head off Rafael Nadal and be the year-end No 1 again, but he could have clinched it by winning the Vienna final on Sunday. The Spaniard has already said, however, that travelling to Bulgaria after next week's Paris Masters and before London is not on his agenda.

"I would call it a blessing, being a father and being a husband, it's the best thing in the world".

Lorenzo Sonego celebrates his stunning victory

"I'm healthy and looking forward to a strong finish in London (the season-ending ATP Finals)".

Rublev hit 30 winners past the US Open champion and goes on to face South Africa's Kevin Anderson for a place in the final.

The 42nd-ranked Sonego lost in qualification but replaced Diego Schwartzman in the main draw after the Argentine pulled out with an injury and he has taken full advantage in the main draw by reaching the final four of the tournament where he will play Britain's Dan Evans. He hasn't lost a set.

"For sure it's the best victory of my life". Novak is the best in the world. "Today I played so, so good", Sonego said.

The Italian also became the first lucky loser to beat the world No. 1 since 2017 when Jordan Thomson stunned Andy Murray at Queens. I played the best match in my life. "Today is a match for my future".

"I was lucky that Dominic had problems with the feet".

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