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Djokovic bypassed Karatsov for the first time in Rome


Djokovic needs to reach the semifinals in Rome so that next week Daniil Medvedev does not usurp him at the top of the ATP rankings, and he started well with a 6-3 6-2 victory over another Russian in the second round.

Karatsov initially posed a threat, both players beating at the first opportunity, but Djokovic’s advantage gave him an advantage in the first set and then saw him cruise in the second.

However, Djokovic, who will meet with either Stan Wawrinka or Laszlo Gere, admitted that Karatsau’s waste was undoubtedly won.

“You never know with him,” Djokovic said. “When he feels the ball, he can be very dangerous because he is so close to the line, putting pressure on the opponent.

“He didn’t have many goals today. He gave me a couple of breaks in the first and second sets, but I will definitely accept this victory.

“It’s a win in direct sets against a quality opponent and I’m looking forward to the next challenge.”

Fifth seeded Casper Ruud also made it to the 1/8 finals, but was tested by Botyk van de Zandshulp, and the Norwegian eventually went through 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-4.

But Andrei Rublev, who has won six of his previous seven matches, was an unexpected loss in the second round when he lost to Filip Krainovic in sets in a row and the Serb won 6-2 6-4.

Canadians Felix Aje-Alyasim and Denis Shapovalov reached the 1/8 finals on Wednesday. The former was strongly pushed by Alejandro David Fokina in his 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 success, while the latter could face Rafael Nadal in the next.

Meanwhile, in seven first-round matches, Cameron Nori, Yannick Siner and Diego Schwartzman were the most popular names to advance, although 11th seed Hubert Gurkach was ousted by David Goffin, who was not seeded.


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