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Who is Luca Nardi, Djokovic’s executioner?

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Who is Luca Nardi, Djokovic’s executioner?

Ehe good moment that Italian tennis is going through goes beyond having Jannik Sinner, having won the last Davis Cup, having 12 ‘top100’ (seven men and five women) or organizing the TMS in Rome and the ATP Finals in Turin (until 2027).

The transalpine country can boast of an inexhaustible list of talents. The last one to leave has been Luca Nardiwhich will premiere next Monday among the top 100 thanks to the fourth round of Indian Wells.

The bonanza of Italian tennis was once again reflected by Nardi, the 123rd in the ATP, against Novak Djokovic, the number one and whom he admires to the point of having a poster of him hanging in the room. “I have a poster of him and I will continue to have it,” she warns.

His victory was only the sixth by a tennis player outside the top 100 positions against the leader of the lists in a Masters 1000 category event.

Luca, with just four victories on the big circuit, entered the draw as a ‘lucky loser’ after losing in the previous match against David Goffin.

I have a Djokovic poster and I see it every night in my room

Luca Nardi

The Belgian, who later lost in his debut, play this week in the Phoenix challenger. Nardi entered directly into the second round of Indian Wells replacing the Argentine Tomás Etcheverry and will now play in the round of 16 against Tommy Paul.

From the same generation as Carlos Alcaraz, Nardi, 20 years old, has signed a victory that has gone around the world. The tennis player from Pesaro coincided with Alcaraz in the 2017 U14 Masters, held at the O2 in London and won by the Murcian.

Djokovic, struck down by world number 123: Luca Nardi surprises in Indian Wells

Sinner, a mirror to follow

Nardi, who has trained many times with Sinner, acknowledges that the popularity of tennis in Italy is increasing thanks to Jannik’s recent successes: “I hope to have results similar to his in the future.”



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