Djokovic units up rematch with Rune in Italian Open quarter-finals

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Britain’s Cameron Norrie of their fourth spherical match of the Males´s ATP Rome Open tennis match at Foro Italico in Rome on Could 16, 2023. AFP

Novak Djokovic advances to the Italian Open quarter-finals after defeating Cameron Norrie with ease, however the match was not with out some stress.  

Djokovic will face Holger Rune, a rematch of final 12 months’s Paris Masters ultimate. Djokovic, a six-time clay champion in Rome, has a very good probability of profitable one other title because the world primary, Carlos Alcaraz, was eradicated on Monday.

Djokovic received the primary set in opposition to Norrie with none bother, however within the second set, Norrie broke again whereas hitting Djokovic with a smash, which irritated the highest seed. After the match, Djokovic defined that Norrie had been doing issues that gamers know should not honest play, and he was not going to let that go unchallenged. Djokovic received the match 6-3, 6-Four and gave Norrie a chilly handshake on the internet, avoiding eye contact.

Different matches within the males’s draw noticed Daniil Medvedev, Casper Ruud, and Borna Coric win their respective matches, whereas Yannick Hanfmann, ranked 101 on this planet, upset Andrey Rublev. Jannik Sinner, the Italian eighth seed, was despatched packing by Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo.

Within the ladies’s draw, Iga Swiatek continued her profitable streak in Rome, defeating Donna Vekic. Swiatek will face Elena Rybakina within the quarter-finals. The highest six seeds within the ladies’s draw have been eradicated, boosting Swiatek’s probabilities of profitable a 3rd consecutive title.

Djokovic’s quarter-final match in opposition to Rune guarantees to be a bodily encounter as Djokovic expects a tricky problem from the younger Dane. In the meantime, Djokovic will hope to proceed his dominance on clay and declare one other title in Rome.

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