The Portuguese tennis player João Sousa was eliminated today by Serbian Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Paris Masters 1000, losing in two sets with the second seed of the French tournament on the fast track.
João Sousa, ranked 48th in the world rankings, still offered resistance to the Serb during the first half, which lost 7-5, but the second went one way in favor of the number two in the hierarchy, winner by 6-1 , after an hour and 34 minutes of confrontation.
The Portuguese number one still can not beat Djokovic, or even conquer a Serbian set, which had also been clearly imposed on João Sousa in the previous five matches at the US Open (2013 and 2018), at Roland Garros (2014 and 2017) and in the Masters 1,000 of Miami (2016).
After conceding 3-1 in his service game, the Portuguese player had an excellent opportunity to re-enter the discussion of the initial 'set', benefiting from three points to break the service of 'Djoko', but allowed the recovery of the opponent , which increased to 4-1.
When it seemed that the Serb would soon close the match, João Sousa managed to respond to the service break (4-3) and even had a break point to make it 6-5, but the former world number one reacted and ended up closing the set in the Portuguese service.
The best national tennis player, who had never won five matches in a single match against Djokovic, winner of the French tournament in 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015, accused of failing the unprecedented achievement of a set and was unable to counter the ride of the Serbian in the second round.
After overtaking the qualifying round, João Sousa knocked out Italian Marco Cecchinato in the opening round, beating the 20th position of the world ranking by 7-5 and 6-3, but still unable to overcome the second round.
In the three previous appearances in the Parisian tournament, João Sousa was eliminated in the first round in 2014 by Frenchman Gael Monfils and in the second in 2016 by Czech Tomas Berdych and in 2017 by Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.