He was struck, in shock. Novak Djokovic, World No. 1, he admitted after falling before Lorenzo Sonego (42nd in the world) with a lapidary result that affected him having secured the goal of finishing 2020 at the top of the ATP ranking.
Djokovic suffered his worst defeat in 15 years, falling 6-2 and 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the ATP 500 in Vienna. The Serbian decided to modify his calendar by choosing to go to Austria to look for the necessary points to ensure he closes 2020 as No. 1 in the world ranking, ahead of the Spanish Rafael Nadal. And he got off the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy, since he will not be able to add since he was champion last year.
“The truth is that ensuring the N ° 1 until the end of the season affected and conditioned me in this game. I felt that I had already achieved what I had come to do here, I did not have the necessary energy and was comfortable,” said the Serbian, owner of 17 Grand Slam cups in singles.
“I am completely healthy and focused on reaching the ATP Finals in London in the best possible way,” said Djokovic, who intends to close this special year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in the best possible way.
And he left no doubts about this match against the Italian. “He just took me off the court. That’s it. He was better in all aspects of the game. It was a pretty bad game on my side, but incredible on his part. He deserved this victory,” he concluded.
Thus, the European made it clear that the blow was unexpected, especially because of the way it fell in Vienna. In fact, it has never happened before before a lucky loser, from qualifying, or anything similar since the 2005 Australian Open.