World No. 1 Djokovic is trying to full a major 12 months along with his sixth ultimate title after lacking out on successful all 4 Grand Slams in only one season and made a robust begin in opposition to eighth-ranked Rudd, successful in about 90 minutes.
When Djokovic insisted on talking in Italian for his on-court interview after the match, he obtained a standing ovation from the Turin crowd, earlier than which he was as soon as once more honored because the world’s prime participant.
Djokovic mentioned, “It is a terrific feeling to be again right here in Italy … Thanks for all of your help through the years, Italy is sort of a second residence for me.”
Italy’s sixth-ranked Matteo Beretini noticed a tragic finish to his problem when an damage compelled him to retire in opposition to Alexander Zverev.
Inexperienced Group: Novak Djokovic bt Casper Rudd 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Pink group: Alexander Zverev BT Matteo Beretini 7-6 (9), 1-0 (retd).