Novak Djokovic did not hide it. The Serbian had chosen to spend the week at the ATP 500 in Vienna to establish his status as world number one and fly towards Roger Federer’s record of weeks on the throne (310), which he should surpass next spring.
Except that the Djoker took a hell of a rake in the quarterfinals against the Italian Sonego, 42nd in the world and lucky loser in Austria. The Turinese, who had never beaten a top 10 in three attempts, signed the feat of his career by inflicting on the man at the 17 Grand Slams his biggest beating (6-2, 6-1 in 1:08) in 17 years on the circuit.
Tied with a correction given by Safin at the 2005 Australian Open (6-0, 6-2, 6-1). But, at that time, we were far from the unsinkable Novak Djokovic, who had lost only two games out of thirty-nine this season. The first with this improbable disqualification for throwing a ball in the round of 16 of the US Open, the second against the extra-terrestrial Rafael Nadal in the Roland-Garros final.
“I hope to end up strong in London”
The haggard eye, the air elsewhere, the defending champion of the Rolex Paris Masters, which he decided to skip this year, just wanted the ordeal to end, like a last sloppy service game . On the court, Djokovic did not report any physical problems.
Mentally, on the other hand, Marian Vajda’s protege seemed totally emptied after his victory in the previous round against Croatian Coric, which ensures him the virtual certainty of finishing the year on the throne for the sixth time and becoming the equal of Pete Sampras.
“I came with the intention of securing my number one spot at the end of the year and that disturbed me,” he explained. I did what I was here for and I am leaving perfectly calm. It is a blessing to know that I will find mine. I am in good health and hope to finish strong in London. “
The last Masters in the British capital will take place from November 15 to 22. Djokovic has won the Masters event five times, but his last success dates back to 2015 …
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