Luca Nardi from lucky loser to the challenge with Djokovic: the incredible and rich journey to Indian Wells

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Luca Nardi from lucky loser to the challenge with Djokovic: the incredible and rich journey to Indian Wells

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It’s not just Jannik Sinner in the third round of Indian Wells . Because another Italian also managed to qualify for the round of 32. Because Luca Nardi beat the Chinese Zhang in three sets, losing with a score of 6-3 3-6 6-3. The young Italian will most likely challenge Novak Djokovic on Monday. An anomalous path for the Pesaro player who had been defeated in the qualifiers, but Nardi was rescued and will now have the honor of challenging Djokovic.

Luca Nardi is one of the many good Italian tennis players of this era. At Indian Wells he signed up for the qualifiers. He had overcome the first round on Monday by beating Terence Atmare, but in the second he was beaten by Goffin, then defeated in the main draw by Murray. Nardi remained in California because he was one of the tennis players who could be among the losers in the qualifiers. And the repechage arrived, honestly even with a bang. Because after Nadal’s resignation came that of Etcheverry, seeded number 30 who therefore started directly from the second round.

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Nardi thus entered directly from the thirty-second place (with the guarantee of a prize of 42 thousand dollars). The Italian found in his path the Chinese Zhang, top 50, who he defeated in three sets. The first two were ugly, ending with a 6-3 each, the decisive one was better, which the Italian won with a score of 6-3. A huge success for Nardi who gets closer to the top 100, and who will be on the field for the first time in a third round match of a 1000.

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And above all, the lucky loser Nardi will most likely face Novak Djokovic on Monday 11 March, who will make his debut during the night against the modest Australian Vukic. He will be on the middle block against the ATP number 1, an event to remember, and with 59 thousand dollars (53 thousand euros) on the plate.

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