• Djokovic opens campaign against Starace

    5/27/12 6:42 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Djokovic opens campaign against Starace World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will begin his bid for a rare career slam on Monday, as he squares off against veteran Potito Starace. The players are set to contest their meeting for a place in the second round.

    Top seed Novak Djokovic holds a 1-0 series edge against world No. 97 Potito Starace entering the first round. Monday marks their first meeting on clay.

    Djokovic returns to competition after finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal in Rome. The 25-year-old is bidding for his 31st victory of the season.

    The world No. 1 is three times a semifinalist at the French Open, having reached the final four in 2007, 2008 and 2011.

    Starace is back on court following a first-round loss to Poland’s Lukasz Kubot at the Masters 1000 Rome. The 30-year-old Italian looks to record his 8th tour-level win in 2012.

    Prediction: Djokovic in straight sets.

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Anyone watched the match? I usually wake up to watch him but I decided not to for this one. How did he play?
[Thankfully, am leaving for Europe on two days, won't deprive myself of sleep for the summer tournaments :))) ].

danica , 5/28/12 7:31 PM

hi danica, overall he played a good 1st round match, but he looked a bit fatigued to me in the first set, he served well though at 77%, played better as the match progressed, he was maybe a bit cautious.

akd2011 , 5/28/12 8:40 PM

Thank you akd2011 ;)
Yes, judging by the result, it seems like he was having a slow start and gradually getting into his winning mode. We'll be interesting to see his next match(es).

danica , 5/29/12 10:26 AM

danica love Nole's new outfit :) Those shorts were very swanky swish...;)

deuce , 5/29/12 11:08 AM

Really? I saw a few games of his match as well as of Roger's and think that Roger's outfit and Nole's shorts were of the same color. But the color looked kind of washed out to me :(. I don't know, maybe it was because of the TV :))

PS: um, my command of English is not at such heights to know what "swanky swish" means :((

danica , 5/29/12 11:21 AM

nole's shorts were a dark navy blue and looked to me to be made of a different material from normal. "Swanky swish" is slang, no wonder you don't get it! Sorry! Means stylish and smart.

deuce , 5/29/12 1:11 PM

I dont like any of the outfits ive seen so far, that grey Fed is wearing is just........dunno........drab!!!!! From what I hear about Rafa's gear its not that great either but if its a "pompous pink"...........i can live with that!!!


Monalysa , 5/29/12 2:54 PM

thank you for explaining! :)) See, one learns new things every day ;). Thnx ;)

danica , 5/29/12 8:53 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
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