Against Novak Djokovic I gave up for tiredness, says Italian player

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Against Novak Djokovic I gave up for tiredness, says Italian player

Salvatore Caruso achieved his career-high ranking at No. 95 after winning the Barcelona Challenger. The Italian said: "My success in Spain was the icing on the cake during an important season from all the points of view.

I constantly improved. My year did not start too well. But I need to play many matches to find rhythm. From Indian Wells the situation changed and I started delivering my best level also beating David Goffin in Phoenix. I also defeated Pablo Cuevas in the qualies of the Estoril Open, even if I lost to him two days after in the main draw."

On reaching his maiden Grand Slam main draw at the French Open, Caruso added: "I played match by match. I defeated strong opponents like Jaume Munar and Gilles Simon. Against Novak Djokovic I competed for two sets, then his class and a bit of tiredness for me made a difference.

This is the result of the experience with my coach Paolo Cannova and the fitness trainer. There are no particular secrets, but at the end of the day it's about commitment. Now cracking top 100 rankings will make me earn more and play higher level tournaments.

But I will keep investing." Caruso is coming from his first round qualies loss to the German Yannick Maden at the Antwerp's European Open. He played many Challengers after the US Open trying to gain points and confidence. He is just one of the many Italian players who had success lately.