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Italian Open: Novak Djokovic overcomes ‘unusual’ three-hour rain delay to succeed in third spherical after beating Taylor Fritz

Djokovic, 33, enjoying his second event since successful his ninth Australian Open in February, will face Cameron Norrie or Alejandro Davidovich for a spot within the quarter-finals.

“It was a very unusual recreation, enjoying within the rain was troublesome,” stated Novak Djokovic. AFP

Rome: World primary Novak Djokovic overcame a “unusual” rain delay to beat American Taylor Fritz 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) to succeed in the third spherical of the Italian Open on Tuesday.

Defending champion Djokovic waited three hours to complete the sport regardless of Fritz’s efforts within the second set.

“It was a very unusual recreation, enjoying within the rain it was troublesome,” stated the Serbian.

“Possibly it helped me as a result of the sport was slower, and he has good serve. He performed very well.

“Beneath these circumstances, you do not know how lengthy it should final. Whether or not you need to eat, relaxation or not. You must do what’s greatest for you,” he added.

Djokovic, 33, enjoying his second event since successful his ninth Australian Open in February, will face Cameron Norrie or Alejandro Davidovich for a spot within the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime beat final yr’s runner-up Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-3 and can face both Federico Delbonis or David Goffin, who will meet early Wednesday.

Earlier, sixteenth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov crashed within the first spherical after being overwhelmed in straight units by Spanish qualifier Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

The world quantity 48 saved two set factors within the second set by dismissing 2014 semi-finalist Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) to win in a single hour and 43 minutes.

Tenth seed Roberto Bautista Agut secured his place within the second spherical with a cushty 6-3, 6-4 victory over American Tommy Paul.

On the ladies’s facet, Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska, ranked forty fourth on the earth, secured a second spherical encounter with Serena Williams, enjoying her first occasion for the reason that Australian Open, as she returned from a set to beat Germany’s Laura Siegemund 2-6. , 7-6 (7/3), 6-1.

Madison Keys received the battle for the Individuals when she defeated Sloane Stephens 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.

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