Jannik Sinner's 2023 begins with a win. Called up to take on the challenge without complications against the rediscovered Kyle Edmund, forced to live with a host of physical problems and still not being at his best on the main circuit, the Italian number one in Adelaide did what he had to do: conserve energy and send a signal.
He did it, needless to say, in just over sixty minutes of play thanks to an extraordinarily organized game that he sealed with a clear 6-3 6-2. The talented Italian, who serves well and dominates from the baseline, thus overcomes his first test of the season and places himself on the side of the one he called "local hero" in the interview on the wing, that is, Thanasi Kokkinakis.
After a splendid first set, which he only lost in the tie break amid a thousand regrets, poor Lorenzo Sonego against Daniil Medvedev was forced to raise the white flag due to a hand problem. More than one setback for the Italian, who wasted a total of nine set points (!) between the 10th and 12th games before losing 6-6 to the experience of the former world number one, who found the place after almost an hour.
Then, after an exchange of breaks at the beginning of the second set, 'Sonny', also due to hand cramps, was forced to leave the court prematurely, leaving the Russian tennis player with a pass for the second round. The Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, who at the same time got rid of O'Connell with a double 6-4, awaits him in the second round of the Adelaide 1 '250'
Strange, right? In the non-test with Lestienne, the first of the season, the Serbian phenomenon plays the game he has to play. Absolutely devoid of headaches and extraordinarily orderly for Novak Djokovic, who basically does whatever he wants on Center Court in Adelaide at the start of the day.
Frankly, he left little room for interpretation in the 6-3 6-2 which he won in just over seventy minutes of play and which he articulated by conceding just two break points before upsetting the balance in the first set.
Djokovic defeated Constant Lestienne
Novak Djokovic might have been treated poorly by the Australian government last year.
"There is no reason to focus on -- what you focus on, you become. If I focus on the negatives, that's what I'll attract, so I don't want to do that. I don't hold a grudge," Djokovic said. "I am here to play tennis, to enjoy sports, and spread good energy.
I was looking forward to it, because if I was not looking forward to coming to Australia, I wouldn't be here. I want to be here. I'm glad that I received so far the reception that I wished for. The overall experience up to this moment is very positive," he added.
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