Italian Open: Novak Djokovic loses in third round, Stan Wawrinka loses to 18-year-old Mutti
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, the world number one, advanced to the third round of the Italian Open tennis tournament after winning a straight set on Wednesday, losing in the first round to three-time Grand Slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka, a 16-year-old Italian. It suffered a thrilling defeat to Lorenzo Mussetti in the drawn set.
Top seed Djokovic defeated Salvatore Caruso of Italy -3-3–2-2 in the second round. Djokovic got a goodbye in the first round. Djokovic had his first match on the ground court after losing to Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the semifinals of the French Open last year. Djokovic had his 51st win in 60 matches at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament. Djokovic was knocked out of the tournament last week for beating the line judge in the fourth round of the year-end Grand Slam US Open.
This is Djokovic’s 27th win in 28 matches this year. The next match between four-time Italian Open champion Djokovic will be against Marco Chekinato or Philip Krajinovic. Meanwhile, Wurinka, 35, the tenth-year-old and senior player in the tournament, ranked 249th in the world and the youngest player in the tournament, suffered a major setback by defeating Musseti –0, –-– (2) on Tuesday. Musati will face Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the next round, but Musetti said he would celebrate the spectacular victory before thinking about the next match.
This is Mutti’s first win of his career on the ATP Tour. Reaching the main draw after winning three matches in the qualifiers, Musti defeated Wawrinka in one hour and 24 minutes from his attacking performance. The Italian won the first set 7-0 without losing a game. Although Wawrinka returned in the second set, the young player won the second set by a tie-winning margin of 2.
Wawrinka achieved ATP rankings at the time of Museti’s birth. The former junior broke Wawrinka’s serve four times in the number one mustard match. Wawrinka, who was runner-up here in 2006, won the ATP Tour Challenger title in Prague last month and has been playing in the tournament for one consecutive tournament year. In other matches, Russia’s Andrei Rubelv defeated Argentina’s qualifier Fakundo Baganis 4-4, 6-4 in a straight set. In the next round they will face Hubert Harkiz of Poland. Twelfth-grader Denis Shapovalov defeated Guido Pella of Argentina 2-2, 6-3, and Milos Raonic of 13th-seeded Canada defeated Adrian Menerino of France (-6 (3), -2-2.
Italy’s Marco Chekinato defeated Britain’s Kyle Edmund 3–6, -6–6 ()), -2-2 in the next round to face Serbia’s Philip Krajinovic. Serbia’s top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain have been eliminated in the first round and will begin their campaign on Wednesday. In the women’s division, the world’s number one player and 15th seed Angelique Karbar lost in the first round. Kerbar defeated Katrina Sinakova of the Czech Republic 3-3, 6-1. Sinakova will now face Russia’s Kasatkina. Ninth-ranked Spaniard Garbine Muguruza defeated young American Sloane Stephens -3-3, 6-3, former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated American Banarda Pera 3–6, -6–6 (3), 6-3.