Barcelona Open 2021: Rafael Nadal defended himself from a set down to defeat Ilya Ivashka when the Spaniard faced an early test in his conquest to win the tournament. Meanwhile, Fabio Fognini was disqualified from the tournament for verbally abusing a linesman.
Nadal lost the 1st set 3-6 but had to do his best to win the next 2 sets 6-2 and 6-4, respectively. The Spaniard could only handle a single ace throughout the game, while his Belarusian counterpart had 6. He will face Kei Nishikori next.
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“He played well. He played at a very high level, and I didn’t, especially at the beginning,“Rafael Nadal said in an interview on the court. “And then I think I changed my way of playing a bit. Later I was more aggressive and the game changed a lot. I’m happy [fought] Today it is difficult to be in the third round. That is what he needed after the defeat in Monte Carlo.“
Barcelona Open 2021: Fabio Fognini disqualified after verbal abuse
The 33-year-old Italian was playing Spaniard Zapata Miralles and was disqualified from the match in the 2nd set for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Fabio Fognini has been in arrears in Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/FkJWWElEQZ
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He was behind world number 147 Miralles 6-0, 4-4 when the linesman clash occurred. The Italian also failed to comply with the US Open in 2017 for insulting a chair umpire. A $ 24,000 fine was also imposed on the world number 27 in that tournament.
Serbian Open: Novak Djokovic reaches the quarterfinals of the Serbian Open
Novak Djokovic won straight sets against Korean Kwon Soon-woo 6-1, 6-3 to bounce back from a loss to Dan Evans in Monte-Carlo last week.
It was a simple task for Djokovic, whose loss to Evans was the first of the season after defeating the Korean in 1 hour and 10 minutes.
“It gives you an extra push, extra motivation, energy to do your best and leave everything on the court.“Djokovic said about playing at home.
“I also think that made me feel comfortable and confident on the court and I played really well. I am very satisfied with the quality of the tennis.“