◼️ The Serbian gave the surprise in his debut at the Madrid Open
Serbian Novak Djokovic got into the second round of the Madrid Tournament Monday by beating Japanese Kei Nishikori 7-5 and 6-4, taking another step on his way to return to his best level with Roland Garros in perspective.
“I think I did well, I need more consistency in some moments of the match, but I think that’s something that will come with time,” said Djokovic, current number 12 in the world, after the game.
Winner of the Madrid tournament in 2011 and 2016, the Serbian arrives in Madrid trying to find his best form for Roland Garros, after his two disappointments in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
In Monaco, the former world number one fell in the second round against Dominic Thiem, while in the Catalan capital left the competition in his first game, falling to the Slovak Martin Klizan.
Against Nishikori, the finalist in Montecarlo, Djokovic showed flashes of his best tennis, directing the balls to the corners of the court and moving his rival, although he also saw moments of doubt as a failed shot just a meter and a half from the net .
But, ‘Nole’ knew how to stand firm in the worst moments until finally cornered the Japanese who broke the service on three of the seven occasions he had, two of them to close the sleeves.
“I was hoping to have this kind of matches, it was the perfect scenario, it was great and I could not ask for a better start,” said Nole.
In the next round, Djokovic will face the winner of the match between the Russian Daniil Medvedev and the British Kyle Edmund.