Monday, April 15, 2024

Novak notches four-hundredth ATP Masters 1000 victory! – Novak Djokovic

Novak is again in Indian Wells for the primary time since 2019.

After receiving a first-round bye, Serbian star Novak Djokovic confronted 69th-ranked Aleksandar Vukic on the Indian Wells Tennis Backyard on Saturday.

The world no.1 recorded a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory in two hours and 10 minutes to achieve the third spherical. It was the pair’s first ATP H2H conflict.

All through the match, Novak demonstrated his trademark ability and resilience, breaking the Australian’s serve 5 occasions from 13 alternatives.

The five-time titlist broke Vukic twice within the first set and twice within the third, whereas the Australian dictated play within the second set, making the match actually entertaining and gratifying for the spectators and tennis followers.

Djokovic paid tribute to his rival’s strategy to the match. “He performed superb and deserved nice credit score and applause. The group actually appreciated his tennis and the standard was actually excessive. He performed some ripping forehands and crushing serves. It was troublesome to undergo him. He was going for it and it was entering into. I form of managed to crack the code within the third set and as soon as I broke his serve I felt I stepped it up a bit and completed off the match in fashion.”

“5 years is kind of a very long time for knowledgeable participant however on the identical time taking part in right here the final time in 2019 felt like yesterday,” Djokovic stated. “I related with the gang and everybody I haven’t seen in 5 years in a short time. Lots of people come to follow classes, not simply mine. It’s superb to see that a lot ardour and respect and appreciation for tennis and gamers. It’s superior to be in Tennis Paradise.”

Already a holder of a report 40 ATP Masters 1000 titles, Nole clinched his four-hundredth match win at that degree, becoming a member of Spaniard Rafael Nadal (406) as the one gamers to have reached the milestone.

Match statistics: aces (11-9), double faults (5-3), winners (23-24), unforced errors (12-14), whole factors received (98-78).

For a spot within the BNP Paribas Open final 16, Novak will play towards Italian fortunate loser Luca Nardi, presently ranked ATP no. 123. It will likely be their first profession encounter.

Photograph: AP

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