Novak Djokovic, 33 years old and world number one, he is still tense, as if angry with himself and his tennis. Disqualified in the round of 16 of the US Open for hitting a linesman, he still does not temper his nerves, which results in irregular tennis.
Although enough to be in the semifinals of the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome, to beat an opponent from the previous phase in three sets, the German Dominik Koepfer, 26 years and 97º ATP. The Norwegian awaits you on Sunday Casper ruud, a tennis player with the base of work in the Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor. An unprecedented duel on the circuit.
‘Nole’, four times champion of Rome, where he lost the 2019 final to Rafa Nadal, defeated the Teuton by 6-3, 4-6 and 6-3 in 2h.11 ‘. He has already warned that his outbursts of anger on the court are part of his temperament, of his personality. And he continues to confirm it with facts.
Now it was the turn of the racket, which he threw with contempt once and exploded against the ground in another, receiving the consequent warning from the chair umpire, the Catalan Nacho Forcadell, who had a slip that did not go away because he quickly rectified having given a game to FedererWhen referring to Djokovic, he either did not notice or passed on the matter.
Earlier, Djokovic had also screamed like a maniac over a decision by a linesman.
The Serbian was in a calmer phase after getting the ‘break’ in the third set, an advantage that he let slip in the second and that led him to tackle it with the racket.
Dull but classy, at a much higher level despite Koepfer’s correct answer, ‘Nole’ passed. He will face Casper Ruud, the first Norwegian in the semifinals of a Mastes 1000 after beating the Italian Matteo berrettini by 4-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (5).
He improved the rooms of his father Christian in Monte Carlo 1997.