Top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal entered the third round of the Italian Open tennis tournament on Wednesday. Djokovic defeated Salvatore Caruso 6–3, 6–2 to enter the tournament with a wild card while veteran Rafael Nadal, who returned to court after six months, beat his compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta 6–1, 6–1. Made a great comeback. Meanwhile in the women’s category, top seed Romania’s Simona Halep beat 99th ranked player Jasmine Paulini 6-3,6-4. Belarus’s Victoria Azarenka defeated US-based Venus Williams 7-6 (7), 6-2 in the first round.
At the same time, three-time Grand Slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland suffered a sensational defeat to Italy’s 18-year-old player Lorenzo Musetti in consecutive sets in the first round. Djokovic had his first match on clay court after losing to Austria’s Dominique Thiem in the semi-finals of the French Open last year. It was Djokovic’s 51st win in 60 matches in the ATP Masters 1000 tournaments. Djokovic was knocked out of the tournament last week for hitting the line judge in the fourth round of the last Grand Slam US Open of the year.
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This is Djokovic’s 27th win in 28 matches this year. Four-time Italian Open champion Djokovic will next face either Makor Sechinato or Filip Krajinovic. Meanwhile, the 10th seed and the oldest player in the tournament, 35-year-old Wawrinka, ranked 249th in the world and the youngest player in the tournament on Tuesday, made a big upset by defeating Musetti 6–0, 7–6 (2). In the next round, Museti will take on Kei Nishikori of Japan. But Musetti said he would celebrate this grand victory before thinking anything about the next match.
This is Musetti’s first career win in the ATP Tour. Museti, who reached the main draw after winning three matches in the qualifying round, defeated Wawrinka in an hour and 24 minutes from his aggressive performance. The Italian youngster won the first set 6–0 without losing a game. In the second set, Wawrinka made a comeback, but the youngster won the tie in the second set by winning 7–2.
Wawrinka achieved ATP rankings when Musetti was born. Former junior number one Musetti broke Wawrinka’s serve four times in the match. Wawrinka, who was runner-up here in 2008, won the ATP Tour Challenger title in Prague last month and was playing in the tournament for the 16th consecutive year. In other matches, Andrei Rublev of Russia beat qualifier Fakundo Bagnis of Argentina 6-4, 6-4 in consecutive sets. In the next round, they will take on Poland’s Hubert Hercz. 12th seed Denis Shapovalov defeated Argentina’s Guido Pella 6-2, 6-3 while 13th seed Canada’s Milos Raonic outclassed France’s Adrian Menerino 7-6 (3), 6-2.
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Italy’s Marco Cecchinato defeated Britain’s Kyle Edmund 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 and will now take on Filip Krajinovic of Serbia in the next round. Top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia and defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain have got a bye in the first round and will begin their campaign on Wednesday.
In the women’s category, former world number one player and 15th seed Angelique Kerber lost in the first round. Kerber defeated Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-1. Siniakova will now face Russia’s Daria Kasatkina. Ninth seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza beat US youngster Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-3, while former French Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Banardar Pera of the US 3-6, 7-6 (3) in a tough bout. ), Defeated 6-3.