Novak Djokovic humiliated by Lorenzo Sonego! This was the resounding goal of the Italian, who beat the world no.1 6-2 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 in Vienna. All too easy in the first set for Sonego, who discards and takes the gifts that the Serbian gives in the first game of the match.
The Italian brekka Djokovic in the first two rounds of serving and flies to 4-0. Djokovic's reaction does not exist and Sonego ends the first set 6-2 without taking risks on his own shifts. A reaction worthy of the ranking number he carries on his head is expected, but Novak Djokovic, fresh from the record on the number of years closed at the top of the ATP rankings, appears tired and out of the match.
It is almost reminiscent of the one seen in the last Roland Garros final. Sonego in the first five games finds himself in exactly the same situation as in the first set: he serves the lead on the score of 4-1. But needless to say that Djokovic has three consecutive break points to recover one of the two breaks.
This is the decisive game, but Sonego is in the day, he is not afraid of making a mistake, he cancels all the break points and after playing and winning the best game of the match, he keeps his serve and is guaranteed to serve for the match.
It will not be necessary, because an unrecognizable Djokovic already has his head in the locker room, he is in a hurry to finish the match and collect the few ideas he has shown he has the court. He loses his service for the fifth time.
Sonego wins his perfect match 6-2 6-1.
The other quarter-finals of the ATP in Vienna
The Russian Andrey Rublev with 11 aces, 90% of points with the first serve and without ever losing the serve, kills the host and reigning champion Dominic Thiem in two sets.
First set in total balance until the tiebreak, where the Russian comeback from 3-4 and wins it 7-5. In the second set Thiem feels the blow and after having struggled to keep the first game, he collapses at the bar, leaving Rublev with the initiative that wins five games in a row by flying 5-1.
Thiem proudly cancels a match point on his serve and sends Rublev to serve after holding the 5-2 game. The Russian does not tremble and closes the game of the match at 15. The seeded number eight of the tournament will face Kevin Anderson in the semifinals.
In fact, the South African gained access to the semifinals by beating the Russian Danil Medvedev with a score of 6-4 7-6. Anderson serves well, does not commit any double faults and collects 9 aces. Medvedev starts badly and loses his serve in the opening game.
The Russian will no longer be able to make up for the disadvantage thanks also to Anderson who cancels the only break point he concedes. He closed the set nimbly 6-4. Total balance in the second half of the game despite the Russian being forced to face 4 break points in the first two service games.
Canceled the break points, the game runs smoothly until the final tiebreak. Here the serves of both tennis players tremble and after 6 mini breaks it is the South African who prevails and closes the set and the game.