Novak Djokovic won his doubles match at the Mallorca Open 2021

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Novak Djokovic won his doubles match at the Mallorca Open 2021

At the ATP Mallorca Championships 2021, Dominic Thiem, against Adrian Mannarino in the closing match of the day, is forced to retire due to an injury to his right wrist, the extent of which will be assessed in the coming days.

The Austrian, however, was 5-2 ahead in the first set when he decided to retire as a precaution so as not to compromise the situation in view of the upcoming Wimbledon. In the other matches of the day comes the victory of Daniil Medvedev.

After his debut defeat in Halle, the Russian hits his first grass-court victory of the season, outclassing the young Corentin Moutet with a clear 6-4 6-2, thus gaining access to the quarter-finals where he will find Casper Ruud.

The Norwegian found his first victories on grass-courts of his entire career in the 250 in Mallorca: after Simon, Sandgren also folds in two sets (6-3, 6-4 the score) to the fifth player of the seeding. A rather complex victory for the specialist Sam Querrey who needs the tie-break of the third set and 22 aces before winning against Carballes-Baena.

Remarkable the comeback of Ugo Humbert: the fresh winner of the Halle tournament took a set and a break from Kecmanovic, saving himself at the tie-break of the second and then dominating the third set, won by a score of 6-2.

On the central court also Novak Djokovic was the protagonist who, as already done in other circumstances, decided to break in ahead of Wimbledon by playing the doubles tournament. The world number one and fresh winner of Roland Garros won the match with the Spaniard Gomez-Herrera against the duo formed by Brkic and Caci.

The Serbian-Spanish duo won 13-11 in the decisive tie-break match with a double match point canceled by their rivals. In the combined ATP/WTA events in Eastbourne, very complicated success of Elina Svitolina against Paula Badosa and that of Bianca Andreescu on Christina McHale, while Camila Giorgi defeated Karolina Pliskova.

Wins also for Iga Swiatek and Cori Gauff. In the men's singles out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. In the WTA in Berlin, wins for Victoria Azarenka, Laura Siegemund, Katerina Siniakova and Amand Anisimobva.

Toni Nadal on Rafael Nadal's retirement

Rafael Nadal, fresh from the defeat against Novak Djokovic in Bois de Boulogne, has announced it on social channels.

"It's never an easy decision to make but after listening to my body and discussing with my team, I realized it's the right choice to make. The goal is obviously to extend my career and keep doing what makes me happy, which is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for professional and personal goals at the highest level, "he explained over the course of a long message.

He therefore clears both the reasons and the timing. The Spaniard, before approaching Paris, had closed the string of tournaments on clay-courts with two victories (Barcelona and Rome) and two quarter-finals, reached first in Monte-Carlo and then in Madrid.

Few imagined that Rafael Nadal would have had such a long career at the highest levels. His expensive game, coupled with numerous physical problems, led one to think that the Spanish phenomenon would retire soon enough. The former world number 1 was able to prove everyone wrong, even though he recently failed the assault on his 14th Roland Garros.

In fact, a great Novak Djokovic blocked his access to the final, also forcing him to postpone his appointment with the 21st Major (which would have guaranteed him overtaking Roger Federer). As is well known, the 35-year-old from Manacor will miss both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, also thanks to the week less that separates the French Open from the third Slam of the season.

It is likely that we will see Rafa again on American hard court in August, with the US Open now in the Iberian's sights. During a speech on The S * xta, his uncle Toni addressed the issue of Nadal's retirement. The 60-year-old did not want to unbalance himself in this regard, without denying the many injuries his grandson had to live with.

Toni said: "I have to congratulate Rafael Nadal, I have often wondered how he managed to get to this point despite the physical problems that have plagued him during his career. Regarding the issue of retirement, I don't think my nephew needs advice.

I am sure that - when he understands that it is the most logical choice - he will retire without any problem." In the long run together, Toni has always accustomed Rafa to handle worst-case scenarios. Toni added: "My idea was to prepare him for difficulties.

I have never been a tender coach towards my grandson, although I have always had faith in his potential. He made the decision to get as high as possible, my job was to make him understand that it would be a difficult undertaking." It is likely that the Majorcan will be overtaken by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the next few weeks.