Novak Djokovic had to take a heavy defeat and be ashamed of his underdog rival Lorenzo Sonego in the quarterfinals of the Vienna Open. However, the Serbian player admitted that this result was part of a calculation after he had achieved his greatest goal.
After a humiliating defeat 0-6, 2-6, 5-7 against great rival Rafael Nadal at the Roland Garros final three weeks ago, Novak Djokovic left fans disappointed. Early this morning (October 31), the Serbian player, although ranked No. 1, lost 2-6, 1-6 after only 68 minutes at the hands of Italian national rival Lorenzo Sonego on the Central Stadium. in the Vienna Open quarterfinals.
Notably, Sonego could not have gone that far when the 46th ranked player in the world lost to Aljaz Bedene 2-6, 6-4, 5-7 in the 2nd qualifying round but was still lucky to receive the ticket ” Lucky Looser “replaced Diego Schwartzmann for the main round, as the Argentine withdrew at the last minute.
Defeating Djokovic, Lorenzo Sonego became the first Italian male tennis player after three years beating his world’s No. 1 ranked opponent after the case of fellow countryman Fabio Fognini when he beat Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4 in the round 2 Rome Masters 2017.
Meanwhile, Djokovic has admitted that he has just officially leveled his six-time record at number 1 in the world, as American legend Pete Sampras, after Nole beat Borna Coric 7-6 (11-13 ), 6-3 in the second round of the Vienna Open this year influenced his attitude towards Sonego in the quarterfinals.
Djokovic praised Sonego: “He blew me off the pitch, that was it simply. He played better every stage of the game. It was a pretty bad game on my side, but it is amazing on his part. Lorenzo definitely deserves the result. “
With Sonego, the Italian tennis player could not hide his happiness when he just made a miracle against Djokovic.
Entering the semifinals of the Vienna Open this year, Sonego will clash with Daniel Evans after the English tennis player has excelled Grigor Dimitrov. The remaining ticket to the final round of ATP 500 at the Vienna Open (Austria) this year will be decided in the match between 5th seed Andrey Rublev and Kevin Anderson “garden crane”.