Nole withstood a difficult second spherical encounter in opposition to Karen Khachanov on Tuesday, staying on the right track for the sixth crown on the Aviation Membership Tennis Centre.
World no.1 Novak Djokovic defeated Twenty sixth-ranked Karen Khachanov 6-3, 7-6 (2) on Tuesday night on the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in his second match of the season, to maneuver into the quarter-finals on the ATP 500 occasion.
Novak introduced his finest sport within the essential moments of the match. He didn’t face a break level within the first set, and broke his rival as soon as, within the fourth sport.
The second set was far more aggressive. The highest-seeded Serbian star transformed his break level probability within the third sport, however Khachanov responded by breaking again within the eighth sport to stage at 4-all. The five-time former champion was assured and dominant in a tie-break. He received it 7-2, extending his W/L file in Dubai to 43-6.
“I used to be feeling excited and motivated,” Djokovic mentioned. “But in addition on the similar time I used to be feeling burdened. Significantly on the moments once I was going through break factors. I’m glad that I managed to remain centered after I misplaced two consecutive video games. I knew that I’d have an opportunity within the tie-break, balls had been a bit fluffy, which suited me. The environment within the stadium was terrific. Full stands, it was phenomenal. That is what we play for. I missed it [playing competitively]. That is my life. Tennis is my love. I having fun with bringing optimistic power and recollections for individuals who watch.”
Novak received 83% of his first-serve factors to enhance to 5-1 in opposition to Khachanov of their ATP H2H sequence. He was additionally convincing on web approaches, 11/13 (85%).
Match statistics: aces (6-2), double faults (3-2), winners (22-18), unforced errors (15-17), complete factors received (72-60).
Subsequent up for the 20-time Grand Slam titlist is a qualifier, Jiri Vesely. The Czech upset no.8 seed Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP), recording a straight-sets victory, 6-2, 6-4.
The quarter-final match is scheduled on Wednesday at 19:00 native time/16:00 CET.
Djokovic has lifted the trophy in Dubai 5 instances (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2020).
Photograph: EPA-EFE / Ali Haider