Bianca Andreescu's race at the Miami Open 2021 ended under the blows of Ashleigh Barty. The Canadian tennis player has experienced a real ordeal, which she does not seem to want to end, in the last few seasons due to her knee injury.
Suffice it to say that in 2020 she did not play any games and that, before returning to the field this year at the Australian Open, her last official match was at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen 2019. Andreescu's talent blossomed precisely in 2019 with victories of the Indian Wells tournament, the Rogers Cup and especially the US Open.
Once again, as mentioned at the beginning of the article, it was bad luck that stopped Andreescu, who in the third game of the second set remedied a bad sprain in her right ankle and was forced to retire in the final on a score of 6-3 4-0.
Ashleigh Barty, on her part, continues to grow and confirm her primacy in the WTA rankings. The Australian, thanks to a sumptuous week, collected her second consecutive success at the Miami Open, considering that in 2020 the tournament was not played, and won the tenth tournament of her career.
The world number one also canceled a match point in the second round match against Kristina Kucova. In the first set, Barty immediately started strong, took advantage of her opponent's mistakes and quickly went 3-0. Andreescu, however, did not let go and in the fifth game she regained the break from a disadvantage lost in the first serving.
The magic moment was immediately interrupted in the following game, when Barty picked up the pace and forcibly took a game that turned out to be decisive. In the second run, Barty once again dictated her law by snatching her opponent's serve twice in a row; her opponent who raised the white flag precisely because of the pain in her ankle.
Djokovic on the confrontation with Roger Federer and Nadal
One of the many merits of Serbian champion Novak Djokovic lies in having managed to earn his own space in an era dominated by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the two legend of our sport.
Turning pro in 2003, Nole reached his first final in a 2007 US Open Grand Slam event, when he was defeated in the last game by Federer by a score of 7-6 7-6 6-4. A few months later came his first major success: at the Australian Open in Melbourne he took revenge for the defeat he suffered at Flushing Meadows by overtaking the Swiss in the semifinals, before winning against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last match.
Novak was able to triumph eight more times in Australia, setting the all-time record in this tournament and going to improve, a few days later, the record held by Federer in terms of weeks trailing at the top of the world rankings.
In an interview published by the EssentiallySports website, the Belgrade champion admitted that he had stopped making comparisons with Federer and Nadal: "We lose ourselves in these comparisons. So many times it's like we lose our brains, I stopped comparing myself to others about five years ago.
I don't want to compare myself to Federer or Nadal or myself from fifteen years ago. I don't want to do it with anyone." Djokovic continued: "I am the one who writes my own life story because I am the only person who knows me 100%, I know myself more than anyone else.
So I know what I want to achieve, I know what I want to do in life and who I want to be. That's why I try to live by these rules and accept whatever life has in store for me, because I believe in life. I think that life, God and the universe already have something pre-established for us."
Nole has made it known that he wants to focus only on the Slams this year, where he is still in the running to break the record shared by Federer and Nadal.