ADELAIDE, Australia – World No. 1 Novak Djokovic stored up his profitable streak in singles matches in Australia, beating Fixed Lestienne of France 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday within the first spherical of the Adelaide Worldwide.
It was Djokovic’s thirtieth straight singles victory on Australian soil in a streak that goes again to 2018.
Tuesday’s win was Djokovic’s first in singles this season and retains him on target for a semifinal match in Adelaide with Seventh-ranked Daniil Medvedev, the third seed, who earlier beat Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 7-6 (6), 2-1 when Sonego was pressured to retire with a proper arm damage.
Djokovic’s match was shut at first however he took management after breaking Lestienne to go up 4-2 within the first set. He received the primary 4 video games of the second set and took the match on his first match level.
Djokovic, whose final loss in Australia was within the fourth spherical of the 2018 Australian Open, will face both Jordan Thompson of Australia or Quentin Halys of France for a spot within the quarterfinals.
He was once more warmly obtained by the gang in Adelaide the place he received this match at solely 19.
Djokovic is taking part in in Australia for the primary time since 2021. He has received the match 9 instances. He was deported final 12 months as a result of his unvaccinated standing breached Australian vaccination requirement for in-bound vacationers.
Earlier, Medvedev saved 9 set factors earlier than taking the primary set in a tiebreaker towards the Forty fifth-ranked Sonego.
“I didn’t realize it was 9 (set factors),” Medvedev stated. “That’s really loopy. Most likely, perhaps the primary time in my life I’ve saved 9 set factors.
“What a match to start out the 12 months,” he added.
Sonego was taking part in Medvedev for the primary time and sometimes appeared to have the higher hand within the first set. He had six set factors on Medvedev’s serve at 5-4 however Medvedev was in a position to depend on his huge serve when he needed to, saving all six.
Two video games later, Sonego had three extra set factors at 0-40 on Medvedev’s however Medvedev rallied once more, ultimately taking the set after 80 minutes.
“To be trustworthy 0-40 was a troublesome second,” he stated. “I didn’t depend however I knew I saved quite a lot of set factors.
Medvedev will meet Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic for a quarterfinal place.