Djokovic continues on a roll and Thiem says goodbye in his debut

The Serbian beat Berankis 7-6, 6-4 and continues his winning streak in 2020, while the Austrian fell to Krajinovic. Murray edged out Zverev.


Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, seed number one, began his career tonight in the Cincinnati Tournament, which is played on the courts of Flushing Meadows (New York), due to the coronavirus pandemic, and did so with a victory worked by 7-6 (2) and 6-4 against the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.

Djokovic tried to dose his effort against Berankis, which led him to have to prevail in the tiebreaker in the first set, which he took as soon as he pressed the accelerator.With the advantage assured, the second set also started "soft" which allowed Berankis, number 72 in the world rankings, to break the Serbian's serve.

But Djokovic got it back in the eighth, to head without a May2-0 for the world number one.

Djokovic, who continues his adaptation to the scheme of the bubble set up in Flushing Meadows, will rival in the third round the American Tennys Sandgren, who in a marathon match of almost three hours, beat the young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 ( 7), 6-2 and 7-6 (5) .

Krajinovic fires Thiem

The second big surprise on the third day of the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati came tonight when Serbian Filip Krajinovic, 32 of the world, defeated in straight sets 6-2 and 6-1 the Austrian Dominic Thiem, second seed .

The match, played on court 17 of Flushing Meadows, where this year the Cincinnati tournament is played due to the coronavirus pandemic, had no more history than to see Krajinovic overwhelm Thiem with his tennis, in what was the first duel between them as professionals.

Thiem, 26, who arrived as the big favorite to play the final from the bottom of the table against Serbian Novak Djokovic, seeded number one, never found a way to do his tennis and in just one hour and two minutes Krajinovic had already secured a place in the third round.

His rival, another surprise player, the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, a 28-year veteran, 84 of the world, who won in three sets 7-5, 4-6 and 6-2 to the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, fourteenth seed, and Former tournament champion, in what was also the first duel between the two players.

The duel between Krajinovic and Fucsovics will be their first on the ATP professional circuit.

Murray defeats Zverev

English Andy Murray, world number 134, defeated German Alexander Zverev 6-3, 3-6 and 7-5 on Monday and advanced to the third round of the Cincinnati Tournament.

The former world number one will face Canadian Milos Raonic in the third round, who on Sunday beat American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4.

Murray, who returned to the slopes after more than a year of absence due to a recurring injury to his right hip, was today the protagonist on the Grandstand track, in Flushing Meadows, where this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Cincinnati Masters 1000.

Murray, 33, demonstrated from the beginning of the match great physical preparation and good play that took him to the top of the world ranking.

Confident with his serve and blows from the back of the court, Murray dominated the first set with a partial 5-2 and closed it with his own serve in just 49 minutes.

Murray played much better than the young German promise, who had no response to the complete tennis presented by his rival.Although in the second he recovered and thanks to his better serve and more energy wasting he was able to tie the game, in the third it all returned to a struggle between class and the experience of a former United States Open champion and the youth of a promise which still has a long way to go.

Murray knew how to define in the decisive moments with the blows that the so many winners gave him that in the end allowed him to win after two hours and 31 minutes that the game lasted.

The duel between Murray and Raonic, thirtieth in the world, will be the thirteenth, with a wide advantage for the English by 9-3.

While the match between Murray and Zverev was the second with a perfect record of an English tennis player (2-0) after he also won it in the first, but in straight sets, at the 2016 Australian Open, when Zverev was 18 years old and It was ranked 83rd in the FedEx ATP Rankings.

Now seventh in the world, Zverev could not beat Murray either, who was right when he said that if the German tennis player did not have his best day with the serve, the actions of winning it were increased and that is what happened.

"I knew it was going to be a good test for me and I feel very happy with the way I have played, responded on the court and won," said Murray.

Of the future in the tournament, Murray reiterated that he will go match by match and the results will be those that respond to the condition in which he is to compete.

Results of the day of August 24 at the 1,000 Masters in Cincinnati

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Novak Djokovic (SRB) to Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 7-6 and 6-

Tennys Sandgren (USA) to Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 6-7, 6-2 and 7-6

Jan-Lennard Struff (ALE) to Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 7-6, 3-6 and 6-

Daniil Medvedev (RUS) to Marcos Giron (USA) 6-4 and 6-

Aljaz Bedene (SLO) to Taylor Fritz (USA) 7-6 and 7-5

Karen Khachanov (RUS) to Pablo Carreño (ESP) 7-6 and 6-1

Roberto Bautista (ESP) to Richard Gasquet (FRA) 7-5 and 6-1

Matteo Berrettini (ITA) to Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) 6-4, 6-7 and 7-5

Reilly Opelka (USA) to Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 6-3 and 7-6

John Isner (USA) to John Millman (AUS) 4-6, 7-6 and 7-6

Andy Murray (GBR) to Alexander Zverev (ALE) 6-3, 3-6 and 7-5

Milos Raonic (CAN) to Daniel Evans (GBR) 6-3 and 7-5

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) to Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 7-5, 4-6 and 6-2

Filip Krajinovic (SRB) to Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6-2 and 6-1

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