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It was the question of all questions: How will Novak Djokovic return to the tour after his disqualification at the US Open? Answer: Mostly sovereign! The "Djoker" won his opening match at the clay court masters in Rome 6: 3, 6: 2 against local hero Salvatore Caruso despite slight waves.
In the run-up to the game, the Serb commented on the incidents in New York: “Unfortunately that happened against Carreno Busta at the US Open. I learned my lesson and I met the linesman again to talk to her. Fortunately, she is doing well. Now I want to look ahead again. "
Challenging start for the "Djoker"
That Djokovic had finished with the matter could then also be seen on the pitch. The world number one did not operate at his top level, but the change from hard court to red ash went without any major complications.
Caruso did not make life easy for the 33-year-old on the Campo Centrale. The wildcard holder from Italy won more long rallies than Djokovic in the first set. Only after the number 87 in the world made too many forehand errors towards the end of the round, the favorite was able to pull away. A break to 5: 3 was enough for the four-time Rome champion to book set one on the credit side.
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Anyone who had expected Caruso's performance to drop was mistaken. Djokovic paid tribute to the powerful blows of his opponent several times with an appreciative thumbs up. While the Italian was at his playful limit, the 17-time Grand Slam winner was content with a few highlights in the key moments.
After breaks to 2: 1 and 5: 2, the course was set for the round of 16. There Djokovic meets his former French Open conqueror Marco Cecchinato or compatriot Filip Krajinovic.
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