Novak Djokovic (left, Serbia) also packed up. The birth of a ‘new face’ champion is imminent at the BNL Italy International, the fifth event of the Masters 1000 Series this season, where the world’s first and second place in the men’s professional tennis (ATP) were eliminated.
Djokovic lost 1-2안전놀이터 (2-6 6-4 2-6) to Holger Rune (right) of Denmark in the quarterfinals of the men’s singles tournament held in Rome, Italy on the 17th (local time). The second consecutive victory in the tournament and the attempt to win the 7th championship were also in vain.
2nd place Alkaras and 1st place wrapped up. Two
days ago, 2nd place Carlos Alkaras suffered a shock defeat to 135th place Fabian Marozan (Romania) who came up through the preliminaries. The possibility of becoming a champion of ‘ has increased.
Rafael Nadal (Spain) holds the record for the most victories with a total of 10, but he was unable to participate in this tournament due to a prolonged injury. In the past 10 years, only four people have shared the championship in this event: Alexander Tsverev, Andy Roddick (more than once), Nadal (three times), and Djokovic (four times).
Rune, one of the new faces, raised his name by beating Djokovic again six months after the Paris Masters final in November last year. The opponents also went ahead with 2 wins and 1 loss. Born in 2003 and 20 years old, he is 188cm tall and has a strong serve and aggressive return. His fast-footed defense also voided Djokovic’s final blows several times, leaving the 16-year-old ‘old man’ tired.
Djokovic: “You should ask Rune for a tip”
When asked what advice he would give to Rune after the game, Djokovic said, “I should ask him for some tips. He beat me twice. He is doing really well,” he praised. Rune competes with Casper Ruud (4th place, Norway) to advance to the finals.