Tennis recap: Novak Djokovic wins first win in 2023

Top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia won his first singles match of the season on Tuesday, beating France’s Constant Lestienne 6-3, 6-2 to reach the second round of the Adelaide International 1 in Australia.

Making his first appearance in the competition since claiming the title in 2007 at the age of 19, Djokovic won 44 percent of points (17 of 39) on his opponent’s first serve in the 75-minute match.

In other seeded action on the men’s side, No. 3 Daniil Medvedev of Russia defeated Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 (6), 2-1 (retired), No. 6 Jannik Sinner of Italy ousted Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-3, 6-2, no. 7 Denis Shapovalov of Canada rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Australia’s Rinky Hijikata and no. 8 from Russia knocked out Argentina’s Pedro Cachin 6-2, 6-4. Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut produced a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 upset of No. 4 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia.

On the women’s side, No. 7 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia won 6-1, 6-3 over Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. China’s Qinwen Zheng knocked out No. 6 Anett Kontaveit of 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7) and Czech Marketa Vondrousova upset No. 8 Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Other winners were ’s Sorana Cirstea, American Claire Liu and Victoria Azarenka from Belarus.

Tata Open Maharashtra

no. 8 seed Aslan Karatsev was victorious 6-1, 6-3 over Spain’s Pablo Andujar in the opening round in Pune, India.

The Russian won 88 percent (23 of 26) of his first serve points in the only match of the day involving a seeded player.

Italy’s Flavio Cobolli defeated India’s Mukund Sasikumar 6-4, 7-5, Germany’s Maximilian Marterer outlasted Sweden’s Elias Ymer 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, Spain’s Pedro Martinez rallied to 3-6, 7-5, 6 -3 defeated by India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan, and Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven plundered Radu Albot of Moldova 6-4, 6-4.

ASB Classic

Top seed Coco Gauff saved four of six break points to cruise to a 6-4, 6-1 win against Germany’s Tatjana Maria in the opening round in Auckland, New Zealand.

Gauff’s 82-minute victory was the exception as the other three singles matches all went to three sets.

Britain’s Emma Raducanu survived a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 battle with Linda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic, Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse defeated New Zealand’s Erin Routliffe 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 and Russia’s Anna Blinkova surpassed Italy’s Elisabetta Cocciaretto with 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

United Cup

Hubert Hurkacz defeated Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (5), 6-4 and Magda Linette took down Jil Teichmann 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 to lead Poland to a 3-2 win against Switzerland in the group The B action. United Cup in Brisbane, Australia.

Poland face Italy in the city final on Wednesday, with the winner advancing to the United Cup Final Four in Sydney. The Italians progressed with a 5-0 sweep against Norway in Group E.

In Perth, Borna Gojo overcame a 5-3 deficit in the deciding set to clinch Croatia’s 3-1 Group F victory over France with a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (5) defeat of Adrian Mannarino . Croatia progressed to the city final against Greece, who defeated Belgium 4-1 in Group A.

The US and Great Britain had already advanced to the Sydney City Final on Wednesday in the inaugural 18-team event.

–Field Level Media





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