New season, identical script for Novak Djokovic.
Trailing World No. 64 Quentin Halys 2-5 after a aggressive first set on the Adelaide International 1 Thursday, did anybody actually doubt that the Serbian would come again? With the Frenchman serving for the set at 5-3, Djokovic went into lockdown mode, breaking to like after teasing 4 consecutive unforced errors from the 26-year-old’s racquet.
From there it was a business-like efficiency from the person who spent a file 373 weeks atop the Pepperstone ATP Rankings as he closed out a 7-6(3) 7-6(5) win to set a quarter-final conflict with explosive Canadian shotmaker Denis Shapovalov. To his credit score, Halys remained aggressive all through, however finally slipped to 0-12 in profession conferences in opposition to Prime 30 opponents.
“It was an ideal efficiency from my opponent at the moment and I wish to congratulate him for an ideal struggle. He performed like a Prime 10 opponent,” Djokovic mentioned. “He was serving huge, hitting his spots and on a quick courtroom like this it is robust to interrupt, so two tie-breaks is a practical rating in at the moment’s match. I am glad to beat the problem.”
Djokovic, who has received 20 of his previous 21 matches, claimed the third title of his profession in Adelaide in 2007. This week he seeks profession title No. 92. He subsequent faces Shapovalov Friday with a possible blockbuster semi-final with Daniil Medvedev on Saturday.
Waiting for his subsequent match, Djokovic mentioned, “Denis is without doubt one of the most full gamers on the market. He has a really dynamic model of tennis. He has a giant serve, involves the web, is comfy enjoying behind a courtroom and he is an ideal athlete. I have not performed him for some time so I am trying ahead to it. Each match from right here will get more durable.”
Forward of the Djokovic conflict, Shapovalov is prone to hit the follow courtroom in the hunt for rhythm on his first serve. The Canadian put simply 55 per cent of first serves into play in opposition to Australian Rinky Hijikata within the first spherical, when he additionally threw in 9 double faults. In Thursday’s 6-3, 6-3 win over one other qualifier, World No. 88 Roman Safiullin, Shapovalov reduce his double fault rely to 2 however nonetheless put solely 57 per cent of first serves into play.
Regardless of dropping 9 of 10 matches between Rome and Montreal final 12 months, Shapovalov completed with a good 34-26 mark on the season, and at No. 18 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
Djokovic leads Shapovalov 7-0 of their ATP Head2Head collection, however the 23-year-old has been very aggressive of their three matches since 2020.