Djokovic battles through to Qatar SF

      Published on Saturday, 5 January , 2019      134 Views     
Djokovic battles through to Qatar SF

  • Sport

World No 1 Novak Djokovic won another gruelling battle in Doha on Thursday to continue his unbeaten start to the year and progress to the Qatar Open semi-finals.



The Serb came from a set down, just like in his previous match, to beat Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 4-6, 6-3, 6-4in a match lasting almost two hours.

Djokovic will play Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in Friday’s semi-final, who beat three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

And, ominously, for his opponents said he still plenty of room for improvement.

“I feel I have a gear or two (to go) up still,” said Djokovic.

“Under the circumstances I managed to find a way to win against a player that is hitting the ball very fast and just being very aggressive and it’s hard to predict where the ball is going to go with a player like him.”

It was the first time Djokovic has won back-to-back matches from a set down since Cincinnati in August last year, a tournament he went on to win.

As on the previous evening, where he struggled against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics, the Serb started slowly.

He lost his first service game and never recovered the break as Basilashvili, the number five seed, powered by a blistering forehand took the first set.

However, Djokovic’s fortunes changed in the second set when he broke the Georgian in the fifth game and slowly took control of the match.

By contrast, Djokovic’s opponent in the semi-final is yet to drop a set this week.

However, the Serb, twice a previous tournament winner in Doha, remains the overwhelming favourite to win the tournament and now has a 15-1 record overall in Doha.

After securing his semi-final berth, the irrepressible Djokovic then headed back out to court to play his sixth match of the week in the doubles with his brother Marko.

That game he eventually lost, but asked if he was playing too much, Djokovic simply said: “I’m fine, I’ll be fine.”

Also through to the semi-finals is Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic who brushed aside France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert, one of the surprises of the tournament, 6-2, 6-4.

Berdych is a former finalist in Doha, losing in 2015 to David Ferrer.

The last semi-final spot went to Italy’s Marco Cecchinato who beat Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-6 (7/2), 6-2.

Qatar Open ATP results on Thursday (x denotes seeding):

Quarter-finals:

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO x5) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4



Roberto Bautista (ESP x7) bt Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 6-4, 6-4


Category Sport | 2019/01/05 latest update at 3:00 PM
Source : Internet | Photocredit : Google
135 Views
Comments Add comment



Related Articles

The editorial staff of Qatar Today would like to give all of its readers from Gulf and Qatar and the whole world the opportunity to participate actively in the development of the website! If you have something interesting, fun, scandalous - just something worth to be seen from more people. Capture it and share it in the Qatar Today with a short text.

Do you have information you want to reach our readers?

Send article/s

You can subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter and Google pages or use our RSS feed channel to always read the most important news about Qatar, the Gulf and the world.


HH the Amir Inaugurates Water Security Reservoirs Project Emir

HH the Amir Inaugurates Water Security Reservoirs Project

HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani inaugurated the Water Security Mega Reservoirs Project, during a…

Qatar Emir Skips Gulf Meet Hosted By Saudi Arabia Doha News

Qatar Emir Skips Gulf Meet Hosted By Saudi Arabia

Qatar’s emir skipped a summit in Saudi Arabia on Sunday with fellow Arab Gulf leaders whose boycott of…

Qatar’s emir receives invite from Saudi king to attend Gulf Arab summit Emir

Qatar’s emir receives invite from Saudi king to attend Gulf Arab summit

Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has received a written invitation from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman…

Turkey’s Erdogan hails Qatar emir as ‘friend in times of trouble’ Emir

Turkey’s Erdogan hails Qatar emir as ‘friend in times of trouble’

Turkey’s president hailed close ally Qatar as a “friend in times of trouble” as he met with the…

GULF TV

Popular in GULF TV

About DFI

3159 Views

Doha Film Institute is dedicated to film appreciation, education, and building a dynamic film industry in Qatar that…

Latest videos in GULF TV

Events

Qatar Events

Lifestyle

Life

Culture

Culture News

Sport

Sport

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Government

Government News