Novak Djokovic overwhelms Andrey Rublev and gives himself the tenth semifinal in an edition of the Nitto ATP Finals. It takes one hour and 7 minutes of play for the Serbian champion to get rid of the Russian with a score of 6-3 6-2.
He never even gave the impression of giving the multi-champion from Belgrade a chance to play for it, who swept away the unfortunate Rublev without even trying too hard, at least apparently. Garbine Muguruza and Anett Kontaveit will play for the last match of the WTA Finals 2021, the year-end women's Master at the end of the season, in Guadalajara.
The Estonian tennis player won a great battle against Maria Sakkari while the expert Garbine dominated the Spanish derby against her compatriot and surprise of this 2021 Paula Badosa with a double 6-3 and a high-level performance.
A high-level competition that saw the Grand Slam champion put all her experience on the court to overwhelm the talented opponent. Match in particular colors with Badosa in tears at one point in the match with everyone worried about the conditions of the tennis player (she in the past suffered from mental health problems) but who improved at the end of the match.
We recall that in her career the Spanish champion Garbine Muguruza won the French Open 2016 against Serena Williams and Wimbledon against her sister Venus, in 20217.
Ljubicic on Federer: "Difficult to return for the Australian Open"
Roger Federer's 2021 was unfortunately conditioned by the usual knee problem.
The Swiss champion returned to the field after more than a year of absence at the ATP 250 tournament in Doha and then participated in two events on clay: the first in Geneva, the second in Paris. After losing in the second round in Halle, Federer then played Wimbledon.
On the lawns of the All England Club, Federer did not look disfigured and only surrendered in the quarter-finals against one of the best versions of Hubert Hurkacz. At the end of the London Grand Slam, however, Federer admitted that he still felt pain in his knee and therefore decided to have an operation again.
The operation forced him to stay out for the rest of the season and there are still many doubts about his future. Ivan Ljubicic took stock of the situation during the Media Day of the ATP Finals in Turin. He said: "We have to wait.
We will see Roger again next year. I don't think this will happen for the Australian Open. I don't even know when exactly, he is undergoing rehabilitation: he is recovering slowly, he is in no hurry. He's 40 so one wrong step right now could be almost the end, he's very careful.
We don't have a date, but next year for sure. Finals in Italy? I came to Italy in 1993 and I was having financial problems, so I was part of a similar project. What came next in my life was thanks to this opportunity that I had in Moncalieri, a few kilometers from Turin.
Twenty-five years later I find myself almost in the same city and being an ambassador for a project so similar, if not the same, excites me. The favorite in Turin is always Novak Djokovic. We can say that in Bercy he canceled the trauma of New York.
Novak is a rebound player who adapts to his opponent better than anyone else, perhaps he is the best of all time."