Djokovic Leads QF Field In Tokyo; Chung Ousts Cilic

by Staff | October 3rd, 2019, 7:21 pm

Novak Djokovic will far and away be the class of the quarterfinal line-up in Tokyo Friday. After a day off, the Serb returns to face No. 5 seed Lucas Pouille having already beaten the Frenchman twice this year in Australia and in Cincinnati.

The only the only seed left is No. 3 David Goffin who takes on Hyeon Chung after the Korean upended Marin Cilic on Thursday 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

“I’m just really happy because this is one of the best wins in my career so far. It was a really tough match against one of the best players in the world,” said Chung after. “I’m just trying to enjoy every point.”

Goffin, who beat Denis Shapovalov in two breakers, has won both of their meetings.

“He’s really one of the best players in the world,” Chung said of the Belgian. “We know how to play each other because we practiced many times and we played a few matches, so I’m just trying to do my best tomorrow.”

American big man Reilly Opelka is also lurking as a potential final foe for Djokovic. He’ll take on Japanese qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama.

And John Millman meets Taro Daniel.

“Taro is a very good friend of mine. We’ve played each other a fair amount of times, but not just that. Whenever we’re at tournaments, we’re looking to hit together or have dinner together,” Millman said. “He’s a very good friend, but you put friendships aside when you go out there and compete.”

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6 Comments for Djokovic Leads QF Field In Tokyo; Chung Ousts Cilic

j-kath Says:

Ah well, Andy not good enuf yet.

Alison Hodge Says:

Will take time but hes getting there ….

Daniel Says:

Nadal out of Shangai still with left hand injury.

Just Paris and ATP Finals. Can’t see him playing Viena or Basel as its right after wedding. Boost for Novak (which is in Tokyio semis and prime positon to win it), he can further decrease the gap for #1 race with a Shangai title.

Daniel Says:

Also, if Djoko wins Tokyo he guarantess the #1 ranking till the end week of Paris Masters. He defends title in Shangai (1.000 pts) next week and if he loses one of next 2 rounds in Tokyio (semis or finals), an early loss before QF in Shangai, Nadal will overtake him in #1 ranking, even without playing.

But a title in Tokyo, Djoko increases his lead by more than 1.000 pts and he can play Shangai pressure free ref possibility of losing the #1 ranking. That gives him 3 more safe weeks, whereas in Paris (where Djoko defends finals = 600 pts) the #1 ranking will be on the line again.

Giles Says:

9225 – 7265. Race to London points, Rafa leading by almost 2000 points.

Patson Says:

Pretty confident that Novak’s going to get back in form, keep his #1 ranking this year, and dominate in the Australian Open. All signs point to Nole’s gradual ascent toward excellence at this time of the season.

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