World News – GB – Novak Djokovic stunned by lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego in Vienna


World number one Novak Djokovic was unceremoniously ejected from the Erste Bank Open in Vienna by lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego, 6-2 6-1

This is the biggest victory of the Italian’s career, leading him to the semi-finals in Vienna and less than a week ago he was not in the main draw at all, falling in the last round of qualifying against Aljaz Bedene

Since securing his place in the tournament as the lucky loser, however, he has not lost a set

“It’s definitely the best win of my life,” Sonego said in an interview on the pitch. “I played so much, so well today I like this tournament, I like the conditions here C ‘is amazing « 

Djokovic had six chances to beat Sonego in two matches of the second set, but couldn’t make it, and continued to serve multiple unforced errors, his forehand looking particularly weak

The Serbian appears to have already sealed his end-of-year men’s number one spot, but winning the title this week would have guaranteed it

« I have done what I had to do and why I came here. I am doing quite well with today’s result and I am looking at the next chapter », said Djokovic « I am in good health and looking forward to a strong finish in London [for the ATP finals] « 

Earlier, Russian Andrey Rublev ousted defending champion Dominic Thiem 7-6 (5), 6-2, dismissing 30 winners and saving the two breakpoints he faced

With neither player giving up his serve in the first set, it was Rublev who managed to move his way through the tiebreaker with what he described as « two unreal trades » at 4 -3 before the first breaks in the second allowed him to seal the tie

Rublev is looking for a fifth Tour title of the year after winning in Doha, Adelaide, Hamburg and, most recently, St. Petersburg earlier this month

« I came here in a mood that I have nothing to lose, » said Rublev. « I have already (had) a very good season

« I came here without any expectations, just to do my best To try to fight every game At the end, I’m here in the semi-finals »

Novak Djokovic, Lorenzo Sonego, Tennis, Vienna Open, Association of Tennis Professionals, ATP Tour

World News – GB – Novak Djokovic stunned by lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego at Vienna



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