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Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams fend off challenges to advance at Western & Southern Open

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Novak Djokovic won the game at the Western & Southern Open by showing some excellent performance lately to clinch the victory over Ricardas Berankis on Monday. During the match, Djokovic had been Bothered by a bad neck still he secured the win with taking the last four games for a 7-6 (2), 6-4 against Ricardas Berankis.

Novak Djokovic was out of action from the tennis from the past six months due to the global Pandemic which halted the major tennis tournament throughout the world. He withdrew from the doubles event because of his neck injury.

Djokovic said “I’m trying to deal with it on a regular basis, “It’s been like that for the past three or four days.”

Djokovic has been an impressive season record with 19-0 in 2020. Djokovic is fully prepared for his sixth title of the season once the major tennis tournament US open will resume within a week. Western & Southern Open begins and played on the same hard courts which will be used for the upcoming US Open on 31 August.

Djokovic was not at his best during the match as he was seen stretching his neck multiple times during the game. Djokovic was seen lying on his back with a medical mask covered on his face.

Coronavirus Pandemic already shutdowns the tennis tournaments around the world while Earlier Djokovic was tested positive for COVID -19 in June.

Western & Southern Open is the first tennis tournament for the last six months as the major tournament either postponed or rescheduled to another date.

Since the resumption of the tournament, there has been a lot of surprises in the game, the defending women’s champion Madison Key’s lost the match against the Ons Jabeur with 6-4, 6-1, the match has been played for an exciting one hour.

The world No.3 Dominic Theim who has been a part of three finals in major tournaments has been stunned by Filip Krajinovic and lost the game 6-2, 6-1 while on the other hand Andy Murray former Wimbledon champion defeated the Alexander Zverev with 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

In women’s Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka have to fight very hard to emerged as a winner while on the other side Petra Kvitova lost the match against the younger compatriot Marie Bouzkova with 2-6 7-5 6-2.

Serena Williams ultimately won the match against Arantxa Rus which came after a lot of hard work. The match was the longest match for Serena since 2012 and she pulled it with a classic tiebreaker and won it with 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-6 (0).

Williams added with a smile “I had a crowd in my head or something, “For me, it was like there was a crowd there.”

Rus has given a great fight to Serena during the match. Williams dropped four games in a row in both the second and third sets.

The turning point of the match is when she fell behind 6-5 and Rus served for the match there and, at deuce, she was just two steps closer to the victory but she unable to grab another point.

Rus unable to overcome the experience of Serena Williams and Williams came out with a win with a forehand ending the dramatic 2-hour, 48-minute match with a yell on the field.

Williams’s match against Rus is the longest match since the 2012 French Open, which she lost against the Virginie Razzano.

Serena Williams said “I did hit a wall today in the second set, I was so hot. That never happens,” So I think physically, I’m fit. Tennis is mental. You know, it’s all mental.”

Williams’s next match is against Maria Sakkari, which will be scheduled in New York and it might be a great advantage for the native Serena Williams..

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