Novak defeats Andujar in Tel Aviv opener, reaches final 8 – Novak Djokovic

Prime seed Novak Djokovic made a successful begin on the Tel Aviv Watergen Open on Thursday, cruising previous Pablo Andujar 6-0, 6-3 to succeed in quarter-finals in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In a powerful serving show, the Serbian star fired eight aces and didn’t face a break level en path to his 87-minute victory.

Novak broke 3 times within the first set. The second set was extra aggressive. A vital break was made within the eighth sport, after which the 21-time Grand  Slam champion closed out the match on his personal serve, for an ideal 3-0 H2H profession mark in opposition to the Spaniard.

“Improbable ambiance right here tonight, thanks very a lot,” Djokovic stated in his on-court interview. “I just like the court docket, it’s very intimate and it’s very loud. The group right here may be very passionate in regards to the sport, about tennis and I’m actually, actually comfortable to be right here and to carry out right here in entrance of you, so thanks to your assist. The primary match began off in an ideal approach for me. I received seven video games in a row and we had been combating in that eighth sport,” Nole stated of a sport that lasted about 20 minutes. “It was one of many longest video games I’ve ever performed in my life and I’ve performed many, many video games in my life. However credit score to Pablo for combating and enjoying an important match as effectively.”

Match statistics: aces (8-3), double faults (0-5), winners (30-17), unforced errors (9-15), whole factors received (69-46).

Novak will subsequent face Vasek Pospisil (H2H document 5-0), who entered the primary draw as a “fortunate loser”.

The Canadian eradicated Israeli qualifier Edan Leshem 6-3, 6-2.

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