In a nutty, tense, bipartisan affair, Nole regrouped and rebounded numerous times to beat Mario 63 64. The Serb and Croatian crowd were loud and rowdy and play was interrupted by rain twice. But the story of the match was Mario's inability to convert 14 of 15 break point chances. It was really remarkable.
Whoever is holding Nole's puppy hostage needs to stop though. He's alternates between melancholy and pissy and it's just so not fun to watch. He doesn't look like he wants to be playing. Everything is a chore that he does begrudgingly. I want Joker back. This Djokovic guy is lame sauce.
Nole will face Jarkko, who benefitted from Jo's withdrawal.