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Djokovic loses to Musetti in the round of 16 in Monaco

Djokovic loses to Musetti in the round of 16 in Monaco

The world number one lost to the Italian 6: 4.5: 7.4: 6. Meanwhile, Daniil Medvedev beat Alexander Zverev.

Novak Djokovic was eliminated in the round of 16 at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters 1000 tournament. The world number one lost to Italian Lorenzo Musetti 6: 4.5: 7.4: 6 on Thursday. Even a long break in the match due to rain did not help the Serbs, who served poorly. In the quarterfinals, Musetti will meet his compatriot Yannick Sinner, who defeated Pole Hubert Hurkacz 3: 6: 6: 6 (6), 6: 1. Daniil Medvedev beat Alexander Zverev 3: 6.7: 5.7: 6 (7).

Djokovic gave up serve eight times, and in the second set alone the 35-year-old took an astonishing five breaks. Since Musetti was also unable to complete his service seven times, he was windy to the finish in windy conditions. “I struggle not to cry. It was a really long match, and the conditions were not easy,” said the 21-year-old world number 21. “I’m really proud of myself. The rallies were long, it was a tough physical fight. Defeating Novak is great for me.”

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Meanwhile, defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Chile’s Nicolas Jarry 6-3 6-4 and extended his winning streak in the tournament to 12 matches. Meanwhile, Norwegian Caspar Rudd lost to German Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets with a score of 6: 1: 6: 6 (6). Dane Holger Rohn, who knocked out Dominic Thiem in Monte Carlo, reached the quarterfinals without a fight because his Italian opponent Matteo Berrettini had to surrender due to a stomach injury.

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The last match of the day turned into an exciting story. After 3:05, third seed Medvedev pulled off a better finish against Zverev. The Russian player saved two match points in the third set tiebreak.

In doubles, Sam Wisbourne reached the quarterfinals with his Monaco partner Romain Arnaeudo. Obviously, the duo defeated the second seeded pair Rajeev Ram / Joe Salisbury (USA / Great Britain) 6: 2,6: 3. The next opponents are Llyod Glasspool / Harri Heliovaara (GBR / FIN-6).

(APA/Reuters)