Tennis: Dominant Djokovic marches into Dubai quarter-finals

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Tennis: Dominant Djokovic marches into Dubai quarter-finals


Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates successful his 2nd around fit towards Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber. Thaier Al-Sudani, Reuters

Novak Djokovic prolonged his unbeaten begin to the season to 15 fits as he swatted apart German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-Three 6-1 comfortably on Wednesday to achieve the Dubai Tennis Championships quarter-finals.

The Serbian international primary, who misplaced to Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells a yr in the past, was once totally dominant, sending down 23 winners and shedding most effective 10 issues on his function he wrapped up the win in 59 mins with out dealing with a destroy level.

“It was once an ideal efficiency,” Djokovic mentioned in an on-court interview. “I loved the way in which I performed, popping out with the correct focal point and ways.”

Subsequent up for the 32-year-old is a gathering with Russian 7th seed Karen Khachanov.

“I have had some attention-grabbing battles with him,” Djokovic added. “He is an ideal man, the most important participant. He is one of the crucial guys who’s a pretender to be best 5, best 10.

“He’s very devoted, so expectantly I will be as sharp as I’ve been previously two fits and get started neatly.”

2d seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece additionally complicated to the quarters after beating Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 7-6(1) 6-4.

The fit marked the second one time in 5 days that Tsitsipas confronted Bublik, who additionally misplaced to the Greek eventually week’s Marseille Open, the place he effectively defended his identify.

Tsitsipas will play Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff for a spot within the semi-finals. Struff made quick paintings of Nikoloz Basilashvili of their last-16 fit, beating the Georgian 6-1 6-Zero in 39 mins.

Dan Evans pulled off the day’s maximum dramatic get away in his round-of-16 assembly with Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, the Briton saving 3 fit issues in a third-set tiebreak ahead of occurring to win 7-Five 3-6 7-6(7).

Evans subsequent faces 22-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev, the 6th seed.

(Reporting via Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, enhancing via Ed Osmond)

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