Djokovic Whacked On Head, Zverev Wins, Ruud Out At Rome; Nadal v Hurakcz

by Staff | May 10th, 2024, 6:53 pm

The most difficult part of Novak Djokovic‘s opening round win over Corentin Moutet Friday at the Rome Masters was leaving the court. The 6-time tournament champion got whacked on the head by a water bottle which appeared to accidently slip out of a fan’s backpack.

Djokovic was OK but did need some treatment.

“Thank you for the messages of concern. This was an accident and I am fine resting at the hotel with an ice pack. See you all on Sunday,” Djokovic posted.

On court, the Serb got down 3-1 to the pesky lefty then rolled to a 6-3, 6-1 win taking 11 of the last 12 games.

Fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic scored his own big win upsetting the 5th-seeded Casper Ruud 0-6, 6-4, 6-4. Ruud was battling some back issues late is his match after blanking Kecmanovic 6-0 in the opener.

No. 3 seed and former tournament winner Alexander Zverev breezed past Aleksandar Vukic in straights 6-0, 6-4.

Also, 11 seed Taylor Fritz continued to play well on clay ousting Italian favorite Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4. No. 16 seed Karen Khachanov moved past Alexander Shevchenko 6-4, 6-4.

No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov ousted Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 7-5, 6-4. No. 12 Ben Shelton took care of Pavel Kotov 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a testy affair. And No. 24 Sebastian Korda quieted the unruly crowd taking out Italian Flavio Cobolli 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-4.

Tomorrow, 10-time champion Rafael Nadal returns to take on Hubert Hurkacz in a first-time meeting.

“I see it like a very positive today,” Nadal said Thursday. “Even if I didn’t play well, that for me was a little bit in some ways surprising, in another hand not surprising because I didn’t play much tennis for almost two years.

“I need to accept that my level, it’s a little bit more on and off. It’s not like used to be that was very stable everything. I need to find this stability again.”

Defending champ Daniil Medvedev will challenge Jack Draper, Madrid winner Andrey Rublev faces Marcos Giron and No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet Jan-Lennard Struff.

“I’m feeling good now. I had minor injury, I would say,” Medvedev said Thursday. “Like, what was it, three days stayed in Madrid, recovered a lot. I came here, hit with the sparrings to control my movement. Today I hit full. The match, even have an extra day tomorrow, so ready to play.

“Yeah, normally no risk to do anything like worse to the injury, so I will play and see how it goes.”

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2 Comments for Djokovic Whacked On Head, Zverev Wins, Ruud Out At Rome; Nadal v Hurakcz

Giles Says:

He should have been whacked harder! Lol

Zed Says:

You know Giles I often think I should go easier on you because it is clear from things that you’ve said that youve lived and continue to live a sad and limited life.

That’s the softer part of my nature coming through.

But then you say things that remind me you are not worthy of my pity, this is one of those times.

I can’t be any more certain than I am today that you richly deserve being where you are in life. It is right and fitting that you should live the rest of your life in the way you have always lived it.

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