Novak Djokovic turned the webpage on his contentious US Open 2020 exit and started his claycourt season with a convincing six-three six-two victory above wildcard Salvatore Caruso in the 2nd round of the Italian Open on Wednesday.
The planet amount a single was disqualified in New York soon after accidentally hitting a line judge with a ball in the course of his fourth round match towards Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.
Djokovic’s aggravation boiled above soon after dropping his serve towards Carreno Busta in the opening set at Flushing Meadows but ten days on in Rome he did not encounter a single break stage in an imperious show towards the unseeded Caruso.
“Clearly I had an early exit (at the US Open) so had a lot more time to put together,” Djokovic mentioned courtside. “I did practice for a week now and experimented with to perform some sets coming into this ATP one thousand match.
“Caruso is a claycourt expert and it was a fantastic challenge right now.”
On arrival in Rome, an apologetic Djokovic vowed to be “the greatest model” of himself on and off the court and he stored his feelings in verify towards regional hope Caruso.
4-instances Rome champion Djokovic, who obtained an opening-round bye, broke Caruso’s serve in the eighth game prior to serving out the opening set.
Caruso, who battled previous American Tennys Sandgren in the opening round for his 1st ATP Masters one thousand match win, dropped his serve in a see-noticed third game of the 2nd set which lasted just about twelve minutes.
With momentum firmly on his side, leading seed Djokovic broke his opponent for a third time in the match prior to celebrating victory by blowing kisses into the empty stands at the Foro Italico.
Owning recorded 51 victories in 60 matches, Djokovic is the 2nd most productive player in the tournament’s historical past – just behind 9-time champion Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic has won 27 of his 28 matches this yr and will resume his hunt for an 18th Grand Slam title at the French Open, which starts on Sept. 27.
“My greatest benefits have come on hardcourt but I love competing on clay,” mentioned Djokovic. “It can be a demanding surface the place you have to be patient and construct your factors.”
Djokovic will encounter both fellow Serb Filip Krajinovic or Italian Marco Cecchinato for a location in the final-sixteen.