Djokovic Clocks Khachanov In Dubai, Improves To 16-0 In 2020; Monfils Streaks To 12th Straight Win
by Staff | February 27th, 2020, 7:35 pm

Novak Djokovic continued his dominant form in Dubai on Thursday cruising past the dangerous Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

The Serb stays perfect on the year at 16-0 and this week has lost just 11 games in six sets.

“I don’t know if I’m playing the best tennis of my career, that’s a big statement, but I’m feeling and playing well,” said Djokovic. “I like the conditions, but in windy conditions it’s not easy to serve and find rhythm. I know it wasn’t Karen’s day, but I think I played a very solid match. I’m trying to be in the present and execute my game plan.”

Up next will be arguably the second hottest player at the moment, Gael Monfils. After back-to-back February titles, the Frenchman won his 12th straight match 6-3, 6-3.

Djokovic has won all 16 meetings with Monfils.

2019 runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas has to come from a set down to beatk Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

“I had to give it my all,” the 21-year-old Tsitsipas said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, as he’d beaten me a couple of times. I fought, I suffered on the court and I am really happy and proud to have kept the winning mindset and managed to get the break at the end.”

Dan Evans will now meet the Greek following a well-earned victory over Andrey Rublev 6-2, 7-6(9). Evans came from a break down in the second only the fail to serve it out at 5-4, but hung on in the breaker to reach his fourth career ATP semifinal.

“I made a mess of some of the match points, especially my service game at 5-4,” said Evans. “I just stayed in there and knew I’d get my chances. I’m very happy with the way I played. Staying calm is the key, also getting the right balance and being aggressive with my feet. I’m happy to come through and I’ll prepare for tomorrow.”

The two have never played before.

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8 Comments for Djokovic Clocks Khachanov In Dubai, Improves To 16-0 In 2020; Monfils Streaks To 12th Straight Win

FedExpress Says:

Proper choke by Monfils

Dave Says:

I don’t think so. Djokovic had a lot of set points before those match points and Monfils was super clutch in those moments. Djokovic played the match points very well. He hit an amazing return off of a second serve that Monfils hit like 195.

FedExpress Says:

Bar the 3rd MP monfils choked on the MPs he had on his serve.

Dave Says:

No he didn’t choke. The first match point on a second serve he hit the serve in the 140’s and went to serve and volley but it was a let. So this time he hits the second serve 199 a really good serve. Djokovic does a deep good return in the backhand corner. Monfils goes for an outright winner as his conditioning was getting worse and worse and he just missed to win the match. The second match point Djokovic was hitting his forehand harder and harder and actually on the last forehand he was risking it because he hit that one really hard. Monfils couldn’t control the ball and it went just long. So Djokovic played all of the match points very well.

chrisford1 Says:

The crowd and the announcers saluted both guys for an electrifying match. The smear “choke” was on no one’s lips.

Dave Says:

Calling someone a choker also takes credit away from the other guy. If you take the 2010, 2011 U.S. Opens and the 2019 Wimbledon Djokovic had 2 match points in each of them. 2010 Djokovic hit clean forehand winners that Federer had no chance of getting. Djokovic played super courageous tennis. 2011. Djokovic hits an amazing forehand return winner. 2019. Djokovic hits another Forehand winner. An amazing shot considering the situation. So 4 of the 6 points were forehand return winnners by Djokovic.

Dave Says:

Just to correct myself, Djokovic had to save 2 match points in each of them.

Dave Says:

Another correction. 4 of the 6 points were winners on the forehand side. Not 4 return winners.

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