Djokovic goes out with a bang in Rome and sows doubts forward of Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic continues to be unrecognizable in 2024. After a shaky debut in opposition to Frenchman Corentin Moutet, the world No. 1 is out on the Rome Masters 1000 after a powerful defeat in opposition to Chilean Alejandro Tabilo by 2-6, 3-6 within the second spherical of the match.

A never-before-seen ‘Nole’, who has solely performed six matches on clay, has not discovered his greatest tennis this season. With this early defeat, Djokovic says goodbye within the second spherical of the match after 17 editions of reaching, no less than, the quarterfinals of a match he has received six occasions.

Issues did not come collectively for Djokovic, who wore a cap that coated the small wound brought on by a water bottle by chance dropping from the stands on Friday.

He confronted a assured and decided Alejandro Tabilo, thirty second within the ATP rating, regardless of going through the world No. 1 for the primary time.

From the start, the Chilean performed nicely and the Serb was erratic along with his serve, dropping his first two serves. Inn simply 17 minutes Djokovic was down 4-0, whereas the Chilean, with two breaks in favor, put the primary set on observe with a protected serve to shut an ideal first set 6-2 in simply 31 minutes.

Within the second set, the Serbian began the identical as within the first set, giving up his first serve. With a complete of 5 double faults within the match, the champion of twenty-two Grand Slams was erratic from the serve and with solely 14 winners in opposition to the 22 of the ATP quantity 32.

A double fault ended ‘Nole’s’ run in Rome, the place he received in 2022. The one-time favourite in Rome must look forward to the 1,000th victory on the skilled circuit that he was chasing in Rome.

The outcome was an correct description of the match: gray, blurred and imprecise, with the 12 unforced errors of the Serbian in opposition to the 4 of Tabilo. The Serb stays with 68 victories on the Foro Italico, second solely to Nadal’s 70 wins, a document he may have overwhelmed on this version.

Together with his early farewell to Rome, the primary could have accomplished simply six matches within the two tournaments performed in Monte Carlo and Rome forward of Roland Garros.

Essentially the most open Roland Garros in recent times

The early defeat of Novak Djokovic, along with the absence of Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz on the Italian occasion, current an fascinating lead as much as Roland Garros.

With no clear favourite, the quintessential clay courtroom occasion will get underway on Could 26. With Tsistipas, Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev, ready to know who will win the Italian crown, as winners on clay.

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