Djokovic Wins The First Match
After Being Eliminated From The US Open
Novak Djokovic returned to action after his disqualification from the US Open with a convincing second round victory over Salvatore Caruso at the Italian Open yesterday.
The 33-year-old Djokovic beat wild card Caruso 6-3 6-2 in Rome to start his French Open preparations on a positive note.
The world number one was disqualified in New York after accidentally hitting a linesman with a ball during a game against Pablo Carreño Busta.
Action in the Roland Garros main draw begins on September 27.
Before the Italian Open, Djokovic said he must “get through” the controversy at Flushing Meadows, but added that he may never forget the incident.
The Serbian also promised to be “the best version” of himself on and off the pitch and kept his emotions in check to defeat Italian Caruso in one hour and 24 minutes.
Four-time Italian Open champion Djokovic, who received a goodbye in the first round, broke Caruso’s serve in the eighth game before pulling out the first set.
Caruso, who beat American Tennys Sandgren in the first round for his first ATP Masters 1000 victory, lost his serve in the third game of the second set, which lasted nearly 12 minutes.
Top seed Djokovic proved too strong for the hopeful hosts and broke his opponent for the third time in the match before celebrating victory by blowing kisses into the empty stands at the Foro Italico.