Ka. Plíšková – Strýcová 6: 3, 6: 3, Plíšková set out for the defense in Rome victoriously. She eliminated Strýcová, Bouzková also ends

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The fourth player in the world, Plíšková, successfully managed the transition to clay after the disappointment at the US Open, where she was eliminated in the second round as the tournament number one. She defeated Fedcup’s colleague and occasional doubles partner Strýcová for the fifth time in six matches.

In the second round, Marie Bouzková said goodbye to the tournament, losing 5: 7 and 6: 7 to the tenth seed Jelena Rybakinová from Kazakhstan. In the first set, Bouzková did not manage to turn a promising 4: 1 lead into the victory, in the second set she caught up again.

Marie Bouzková in a match with Jelena Rybakinová in Rome.

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Rybakin, a native of Moscow, served 5: 4 and 6: 5 to win the match, but in both cases the Czech tennis player took her service and forced a tie-break. In front of him, the favored Rybakin had her wrist treated and subsequently controlled the shortened game unequivocally 7: 3.

The first match since the disqualification from the US Open grand slam was won by the world number one Novak Djokovic in Rome. The Serbian tennis player dealt with the home team Salvator Carus and after winning 6: 3, 6: 2 he advanced to the round of 16.

For Djokovic, the US Open ended shockingly in the 4th round ten days ago. In the match against the Spaniard Pablo Carreň, after losing the service, he hit the ball behind him while leaving for the bench and hit the line referee.

Novak Djokovic won his first match in Rome victoriously

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After returning from New York and switching from hard to clay, the 33-year-old Serb did not hesitate. Ideally, he began preparations for Roland Garros, where he will attack the 18th grand slam title again.

In Paris, however, the biggest favorite will probably be the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who today completed a triumphant return to the ATP Tour after a break of more than six months. The clay phenomenon, which missed tournaments in the United States due to concerns about coronavirus and an inflated program, today outclassed compatriot Pablo Carreno 6: 1, 6: 1. On his favorite surface, the 34-year-old Mallorcan last performed at Roland Garros last year, where he expanded his record-breaking collection to 12 titles.

Like Djokovic, Simona Halepová, the number one among the women, defeated the Italian opponent at the beginning of the Roman tournament. The Romanian woman won over Jasmine Paolini 6: 3, 6: 4.

Men’s and Women’s Tournament in Rome (clay):
Men (subsidy 3,854,000 euros):
Singles – Round 2:
Djokovic (1-SRB) – Caruso (It.) 6: 3, 6: 2
Nadal (2-Sp.) – Carreño (Sp.) 6: 1, 6: 1,
Dimitrov (15-BUL) – Nisioka (JPN) 6: 1, 6: 0
Berrettini (4-It.) – Coria (Arg.) 7:5, 6:1
Čilič (HRV) – Goffin (6-Belg.) 6: 2, 6: 2.
Sinner (It.) – Tsitsipas (3-cec.) 6: 1, 6: 7 (9:11), 6: 2
Travaglia (It.) – Coric (HRV) 7: 6 (7: 2), 7: 5
Krajinovič (SRB) – Cecchinato (It.) 6: 4, 6: 1
Women:
Singles – Round 1:
Azarenkova (BEL) – V. Williams (USA) 7: 6 (9: 7), 6: 2
Singles – Round 2:
Ka. Plíšková (2-CZ) – Strýcová (CZE) 6: 3, 6: 3
Halep (1-ROU) – Paolini (It.) 6: 3, 6: 4
Koviničová (Č. Hora) – Bencicová (6-Švýc.) 6: 3, 6: 1
Mertens (11-Belg.) – Linette (Pol.) 6: 2, 6: 4.
Jastremska (UKR) – Anisimova (USA) 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 3), 6: 4
Blinkova (RUS) – Bolsova (Sp.) 4: 6, 6: 1, 7: 6 (7: 4)
Doubles – Round 1:
Hradecká, Klepačová (CZE / Slovenia) – Perezová, Sandersová (Austr.) 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 2).





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