Djokovic Blown Out By Sonego In Vienna Stunner; Rublev Tops Thiem

by Staff | October 30th, 2020, 8:52 pm

A dream final between Novak Djokovic and home hero Dominic Thiem was quickly squashed Friday in Vienna.

Djokovic, who was an overwhelming favorite against lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego, was stunningly destroyed by the Italian 6-2, 6-1 in just 68 minutes.

Djokovic, who had never lost to a lucky loser before, finished with a paltry 7 winners to Sonego’s 26. And Djokovic sprayed 26 unforced errors to Sonego’s 12.

“He just blew me off the court, that’s all,” Djokovic said. “He was better in every segment of the game.

“It was a pretty bad match from my side, but amazing from his side. He definitely deserved this result.”

Djokovic, who had all but wrapped up the No. 1 ranking yesterday, lost his third match in his last four events.

“I came here with the intention to try to earn more points and secure the No. 1 at the end of the year,” Djokovic said. “I’m happy, I’m pleased, I’m healthy and hopefully I can have a strong finish in London.

“I move on completely fine with today’s result and looking to the next chapter.”

Meanwhile, Sonego collected his first career Top 10 win and biggest by far of his life.

“For sure it’s the best victory of my life. Novak is the best in the world. Today I played so, so good,” Sonego said. “It’s unbelievable. It’s amazing.

“I played the best match in my life,” he added. “I’m so happy for this.”

Djokovic wasn’t the only casualty on the day. US Open champion and Austrian hero Thiem fell to good buddy Andrey Rublev in 7-6(5), 6-2.

“Dominic is one of my best friends on the Tour. It is always tough to play against him because he is one of the best players and one of the best fighters on the Tour,” said Rublev. “I knew that it was going to be really tough. I respect him a lot.

“The first set was really tough for both of us. I think he had a little more chances than me, especially in the tie-break when the score was 4/3. We had two unreal rallies. I won both of them.”

Rublev now meets Kevin Anderson who ousted No. 4 seed Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 7-6(5).

“I came here with the mood that I have nothing to lose,” said Rublev. “I already a really great season. Last year, I already the quarterfinals so I knew it was going to be tough for me to get to the semi-finals.

”I came here with zero expectations, just to do my best. To try to fight every match. At the end, I am here in the semifinals.”

Dan Evans completed the upset sweep by edging Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3. The Brit will now get Sonego.

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10 Comments for Djokovic Blown Out By Sonego In Vienna Stunner; Rublev Tops Thiem

Brian Says:

“I came here with the intention to try to earn more points and secure the No. 1 at the end of the year. I’m happy, I’m pleased, I move on completely fine with today’s result and looking to the next chapter.”
This is a shameful statement from a player who would like to be the best player ever. Does it mean that he has lost on purpose.
I was the GREAT supporter so far. I’m not sure any more.

chrisford1 Says:

I hate to tell you, but often players schedule strategically. Drop one event to rest, commit to another minor tournament mainly to get points to achieve a bigger purpose than a title to a ATP 500 event.
He gains 180 points on top of his present 1890 points over Rafa by getting to the Vienna QFs. 2,070 points lead for #1 ranking as of Sunday.
Rafa can gain 640 points at Paris Bercy if he wins, something he has never done. It is unlikely that Rafa will go to Sofia for the only other event he can add – it’s an ATP 250 and ends the day before the London championships start Nov 15th.
Both Nadal and Djokovic somehow failed to get out of the RR last year, so they can add 900-1200 points respectively (I think) if either wins all the way.
Djokovic will want as much of a point lead ending 2020 as possible to get through the early 2021 events and keep #1 until he gets his present highest priority goal. Surpassing Fed as the longest time ranking #1 player in the Open Era. Which would be when Indian Wells is being played.
Djokovic can’t add any points from the AO or Dubai, having won them in 2020. Only lose points at those events.
This all makes the next 5 months very exciting for the Big 3. Both Rafa and Novak have huge career goals at the London Finals they would get accomplished with a win. Nadal wants #1 back by the end of clay season, wins over Novak before clay or Djokovic having more mediocre outings and losing to lesser players..
Federer may come back and be in a position to spoil Novak’s run at his 310 week record.

Brian Says:

I understand but I just can’t accept it. “I move on completely fine with today’s result”. Common, he was blown out from the court by LL and he is completely fine!? Nadal would never say that, he would never let somebody win. If you get out on the court you should try your best.
Maybe problem is with me, I’ve expected too much from him. But again he said he can be the GOAT. This is not the way to become one.

Brian Says:

He has just lost a HUGE fan.

Giles Says:

The man is a faker through and through. He just can’t help himself! 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱

Brian Says:

Giles, haters like you should not be allowed to comment.

fred stone Says:

“Belgrade, Oct 21 (IANS) World no.1 Novak Djokovic said that he will not defend his Paris Masters title this season as he doesn’t stand to lose any points due to the ATP Tour’s revised ranking system.

“I won’t play in Paris as I can’t add to my points tally but I will go to Vienna and London,” Djokovic told Belgrade daily Sportski Zurnal.”

He also mailed-in the match against Sonego; no fight, no effort on many balls. The quarter final points satisfied his immediate greed.
Don’t defend a Master’s 1000 crown (Paris) and not lose points….sweeeeet.
Djoker can have his asterisk-filled season #1 which will carry over to next year as this Chinese plague bullshit continues to wreck havoc around the world.

Wog Boy Says:

I understand the frustration of fanatics who realised that all the records they were saying will last for another 100 years are broken or just about to be broken and their idol will be left with no meaningful tennis record against his name.

That’s really hard to swallow particularly knowing how arrogant and cocky fanatics were until recently in telling us that nobody in visible future will break The Arogant one records, I feel sorry for them, really do, but hey, cheer up, he will always have his fan favourite records.

As for asterisks, the only two asterisks this year are:

– Nole was robbed of 21 weeks as #1 due to Covid 19, so we wouldn’t have to wait until March for 310 record to be broken
-Second asterisks is 39 years old finishing the year as #10 thanks to Covid 19, otherwise he would have to play qualifications next year, even for 250 tournaments.

So chill out, there are more important things in life than tennis and 39 years old records that are about to become history, either Rafa or Nole will have them.

For Nole, that more important thing sadly happened on Friday, tennis became completely irrelevant in that moment, not just for Nole but for millions of us, people of Orthodox faith around the world (not just Serbia) who knew late Bishop Amfilohije, I would be filthy if I saw Nole playing in Vienna this Sunday during the funeral procession and mourning time, I fully expected him to do WO but he was enough gentleman to turn up and play.

Thangs Says:

Drama queen tanked the match.

skeezer Says:

We all know who the asterisk is this year.

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