Triumphant return – AS.com
From triumph to triumph. This has been the return to the ATP circuit of a Novak Djokovic who has not stepped on it since his victory at Wimbledon, on July 10, till final Thursday, when he debuted on the ATP 250 in Tel Aviv, which he added to his file this Sunday after defeating Croatian Marin Cilic (6-3 and 6-4) within the ultimate, a Balkan duel.
Djokovic had simply missed the North American tour, the US Open included, on account of his refusal to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID, which has closed the doorways of US and Australian territory (he didn’t play the Australian Open both, confined upon arrival and subsequently expelled from a rustic strict within the struggle in opposition to the pandemic by their authorities authorities) this season. He had dropped to seventh within the rating and fifteenth within the Masters race. He stepped on the monitor once more within the Laver Cup, which this yr grew to become Federer’s farewell, however at an official stage he had not shot for greater than two and a half months.
It has not been observed this week, wherein he has not given up a single set. He ran over Andújar within the spherical of 16 (he was exempt from the primary spherical as the primary seed) with a 6-0 and 6-3, he sweated a little bit extra in opposition to Pospisil (7-6 (5) and 6-3) and Safiullin (6-1 and 7-6 (3) and, already within the match for the title, he dispatched with some ease, in simply over an hour and a half, a US Open champion (2014) like Marin Cilic, sixteenth on the world checklist . With two pecks to the return, one within the fourth recreation of the primary set and one other within the first flip of the second, he submitted a terrific server who served 71% of firsts with 13 aces, however had no instruments to place stress on the service of his rival and was hampered by some particularly inopportune double fault among the many 5 he dedicated.
It was the eleventh time that Cilic confronted a participant who has defeated him on 9 of these events and who sees his monitor file broaden to 89 singles titles on the circuit, 90 relying on his solely doubles trophy, that of Queen’s 2010. This subsequent week the Balkan will compete once more. He’ll do it on the Astana Open, ATP 500 in Kazakhstan, wherein he’ll coincide with the primary on the planet, Carlitos Alcaraz, who will debut on Tuesday in opposition to the Danish Rune, defeated this Sunday by the Swiss Huesler within the ultimate in Sofia (Bulgaria) . Murciano and Serbian might meet within the ultimate.