Greek tennis sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas faced a disappointing exit in the second round of the "Green Group" at the season-ending tournament in Turin. Competing against Danish player Holger Rune, the match unfolded with Tsitsipas losing the first set 1-2 due to an injury.
The intensity of the contest was evident in the first game, where the Greek had two break points, but Rune ultimately secured victory after a hard-fought battle. Tsitsipas managed to level the set at 1-1 before Rune secured a 2-1 lead on his serve.
Subsequently, Tsitsipas made the tough decision to withdraw from the match due to his injury. In the preceding round, Tsitsipas faced another setback, succumbing to a defeat against Italian Jannik Sinner with a scoreline of 6-4, 6-4.
In contrast, Novak Djokovic, the reigning world No. 1, emerged victorious in his first-round encounter against Holger Rune, prevailing with a score of 7-6 (7:4), 6-7 (1:7), 6-3. Looking ahead, Djokovic is set to face Jannik Sinner in the second round of the "Green Group".
Djokovic's earlier triumph against Rune secured him the top spot in the year-end rankings for the eighth time in his illustrious career. A testament to his consistent excellence, Djokovic was recently honored with the prestigious award for the best tennis player of the year.
As the tournament progresses, the matchups for the third round on Thursday are anticipated to feature Rune against Sinner and Djokovic against Tsitsipas. The spotlight remains on Djokovic as he aims to continue his impressive form in pursuit of further success in Turin.
Tennis enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the unfolding drama as the season culminates with the ATP Finals in Turin, where Djokovic's dominance is poised to leave a lasting mark on the tennis landscape. The Serbian and Italian tennis players have played three duels against each other in their career so far, and Djokovic won all three matches. Djokovic and Siner last played in the semifinals of this year's Wimbledon, and the Serb won 6:3, 6:4, 7:6 (7:4).