The ATP 500 in Vienna, full of figures, has on Tuesday, in its second day, a very special debut, that of Novak Djokovic, the N ° 1 in the world, who aims to finish this year at the top of the ATP ranking, which would allow him to reach the record. Your party will can go on for ESPN and by ESPN Play.
The world number one starts in that tournament in Austria, on a hard surface and indoors, against his compatriot Filip Krajinovic (30th), in the third clash between the two Serbs. In the previous two they were measured on clay: victory of the second by abandonment of Nole in the quarterfinals of Belgrade 2010 and the victory of the owner of 17 Grand Slam in the second round of Rome this season.
Djokovic asked for a special invitation when deciding to play in Vienna and not do so in the following week at the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy. Without hiding it, the Serbian recognized that his goal is to finish 2020 as world No. 1 and thus be able to equal the maximum mark of six years finished at the top of the ATP, for now still in the power of American Pete Sampras.
The Serbian disputes this contest in Austria after 13 seasons and chose to get off the capital of France since he could only keep the points of 2019, since a year ago he was crowned champion in said Masters 1000. That is why the units that will be very valuable Join in Vienna with a view to qualifying at the end of this very special year for the pandemic.
In Vienna, Djokovic lost to the Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the round of 16 in 2006 and later became champion in 2007. If he beat Krajinovic in the first round, his next opponent will be the Croatian Borna Coric (24th), who beat on Monday’s debut American Taylor Fritz (29th) by a double 6-4.
The second favorite is the local Dominic Thiem, No. 3 in the world and who appears in his country for the first time being a Grand Slam champion, after his conquest of the US Open. The Austrian is measured with the lucky loser Vitaliy Sachko, before the loss of the Japanese Kei Nishikori (37 °), former Top 5 and who had entered with a protected ranking.