Rome tournament: Zverev and Djokovic unfold, Tsitsipas with forceps, Swiatek and Sabalenka without problem … What to remember from Thursday

A match from another time was played on Thursday May 12 between Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka in the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 in Rome. The Swiss, who is gradually recovering from a long injury, was no match for the Serb, who qualified for the quarter-finals of the Rome tournament for the sixteenth consecutive time.

Quarter-finals that Jannik Sinner and Alexander Zverev will also play, both easy winners. Stefanos Tsitsipas will also be there, as will Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek for women. The Belarusian and the Polish made short work of their respective opponents.

Djokovic easily beats a Wawrinka not yet developed

Stan Wawrinka recently returned to the league after not playing for an entire year due to two foot surgeries, and it showed on Thursday. The 37-year-old Swiss, former world number 3, is not yet ready to face big names like Novak Djokovic. The Serb made short work of his former rival, with a victory in two sets (6-2, 6-2).

After his victory, a remake of the 2008 final of the Rome tournament already won by the Serb, Djokovic had a nice word for Wawrinka: “He was not 100% physically. But it’s Stan Wawrinka, you have to give him time and he will come back well.” In the quarter-finals, Djokovic faces Felix Auger-Aliassime, who beat Marcos Giron on Thursday (6-3, 6-2).

Zverev and Sinner without forcing, Tsitsipas narrowly

The German Alexander Zverev enforced the hierarchy. On the Nicola Pietrangeli court, number 3 in the ATP rankings defeated the young Australian Alex de Minaur in two sets (6-3, 7-6), winning his hundredth victory on the ATP 1000 circuit. the German will face the winner of the match between Martin Cilic and Cristian Garin.

The first known quarter-final of this Masters 1000, in the men’s draw, is the one that will see Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner compete. The first still had to fight to win. After his fragile victory against Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday, the Greek conceded a set to Russian Karen Khachanov before winning the next two (4-6, 6-0, 6-3).

The world number 5 will therefore be measured in the next round against the young Italian Jannik Sinner (20 years old). The latter had no trouble getting rid of Serbian Filip Krajinovic in straight sets (6-2, 7-6). Sinner and Tsitsipas previously met in the quarter-finals this year at the Australian Open. The Greek emerged victorious from this confrontation against the Italian, who will this time be supported by the Roman public.

Easy Swiatek and Sabalenka

Easy start to the tournament for Iga Swiatek. After three weeks of absence, the world number 1 easily won yesterday for her entry into the running against the Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse. The Polish did it again on Thursday, this time against Victoria Azarenka. The Belarusian’s experience was no match for Swiatek, winner in two sets (6-4, 6-1) and who at the same time won a 25th consecutive victory on the circuit.

The young Polish (20) will face Bianca Andreescu in the quarter-finals. Same observation for Aryna Sabalenka, who easily defeated the American Jessica Pegula (6-1, 6-4). Sabalenka will find a new American in the next round, Amanda Anisimova, who fell for her compatriot Danielle Collins.

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