Novak advances to semi-finals – Novak Djokovic

Prime seed Novak Djokovic beat Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Friday on the Tel Aviv Watergen Open to maneuver into the semi-finals of the ATP 250 event.

With this win Novak has improved to 6-0 in ATP H2H collection in opposition to the Canadian. The match lasted one hour and 53 minutes.

Not a single break level likelihood was seen within the opening set. Novak gained a tie-break 7-5 to realize benefit.

The Serbian star broke his opponent and good friend within the second recreation of the second set and held to consolidate it. Nevertheless, the fortunate loser from Vernon fought again to degree at 3-all. Novak transformed one other break level likelihood within the eighth recreation and served it out, enhancing to 25-6 on the season.

“It was an excellent win,” Djokovic mentioned in his on-court interview. “Vasek is one among my greatest pals on the Tour. We’ve recognized one another for a few years. It’s by no means simple enjoying somebody you respect a lot and like a lot, however we’re each professionals and wished to win the match and you’ll see that. I feel the extent of tennis was actually excessive. Particularly in the direction of the tip of the primary set and the second set. Credit score to him for combating. Nice to see him again.”

Match statistics: aces (8-8), double faults (1-2), winners (19-26), unforced errors (8-21), whole factors gained (70-61).

Novak, who’s competing in simply his second tour-level occasion for the reason that Wimbledon triumph in July, will play in opposition to world no.104 Roman Safiullin within the final 4 conflict on Saturday (18.30 CET).

Will probably be their first profession assembly. The Russian eradicated Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech in straight units, 6-4, 6-1.

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