Novak Djokovic shrugged off his heaviest defeat on Friday by insisting he had achieved his purpose of wrapping up the year-end world primary spot for a record-equalling sixth time. Djokovic was surprised 6-2, 6-1 by Italian fortunate loser Lorenzo Sonego within the quarter-finals of the Vienna ATP event. However having received two rounds within the Austrian capital, 33-year-old Djokovic is nearly assured equalling Pete Sampras’s document of securing the year-ending prime rating for the sixth time. “Clinching the year-end primary had an impact on me,” Djokovic advised a information convention.
“I’ve carried out what I got here right here for, securing the primary. And I am fully wonderful with as we speak’s consequence.
“I am wholesome and looking out ahead to a powerful end in London (the season-ending ATP Finals)”.
Italian Sonego, ranked 42 and who had initially misplaced in qualifying final weekend, is the first fortunate loser ever to beat Djokovic.
The one different time Djokovic had received simply three video games was on the 2005 Australian Open by the hands of Marat Safin in a best-of-five set encounter.
“He simply blew me off the court docket, that is all,” Djokovic advised atptour.com.
“He was higher in each phase of the sport. It was a fairly dangerous match from my aspect, however superb from his aspect.
“He positively deserved this consequence,” added the Serb star who was enjoying his first event since his Roland Garros last defeat to Rafal Nadal three weeks in the past.
Djokovic can solely be denied the tip of 12 months world primary rating if Nadal takes an unlikely wild card into the Sofia event subsequent month.
The Spaniard has already stated, nonetheless, that travelling to Bulgaria after subsequent week’s Paris Masters and earlier than London isn’t on his agenda.
Sonego fired 26 winners previous Djokovic who misplaced for under the third time in 2020 towards 39 victories
Djokovic, a 17-time main champion, managed simply seven winners towards 25 unforced errors.
“For positive it is the very best victory of my life. Novak is the very best on the earth. At the moment I performed so, so good,” Sonego stated.
“It is unbelievable. It is superb. I performed the very best match in my life. I am so blissful for this.”
Sonego goes on to face Britain’s Dan Evans, who defeated Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-3, for a spot in Sunday’s last.
Second seed and defending champion Dominic Thiem additionally misplaced Friday, happening 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 to Russian world quantity eight Andrey Rublev.
Rublev hit 30 winners previous the US Open champion and goes on to face South Africa’s Kevin Anderson for a spot within the last.
“I got here right here with the temper that I’ve nothing to lose,” stated Rublev who’s chasing a fifth title of the 12 months.
“I had already a very nice season. I got here right here with zero expectations, simply eager to do my finest. To attempt to struggle each match. On the finish, I’m right here within the semi-finals.”
Anderson made the semi-finals by accounting for Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 7-6 (7/5).
It was 2018 champion Anderson’s first prime 10 win in two years.
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