Dubai Tennis Championships: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas reach quarter-finals with easy wins

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships and remain unbeaten in 2020.

The Associated Press February 27, 2020 09:16:20 IST
Dubai Tennis Championships: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas reach quarter-finals with easy wins
  • Djokovic broke for a 4-2 lead in the first set and went 4-0 up in the second before wrapping up the win in 59 minutes.

  • The Serbian tennis ace is 15-0 this year, including six wins at the ATP Cup and his run to the Australian Open title.

  • Second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Alexander Bublik 7-6(1), 6-4 to set up a meeting with Jan-Lennard Struff.

Dubai: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships and remain unbeaten in 2020.

Dubai Tennis Championships Topranked Novak Djokovic Stefanos Tsitsipas reach quarterfinals with easy wins

File image of Novak Djokovic. AP Photo

Djokovic broke for a 4-2 lead in the first set and went 4-0 up in the second before wrapping up the win in 59 minutes. The Serb is 15-0 this year, including six wins at the ATP Cup and his run to the Australian Open title.

“It was a great performance,” Djokovic said. “I enjoyed the way I played, coming out with the right focus and tactics.”

Djokovic will next face seventh-seeded Karen Khachanov of Russia, who beat Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak 6-3, 6-4.

Second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Alexander Bublik 7-6(1), 6-4 to set up a meeting with Jan-Lennard Struff, who needed just 39 minutes to ease past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-0.

Third-seeded Gael Monfils of France took his winning streak to 11 matches by ousting qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-1, 6-2. Monfils is coming off victories at Rotterdam and Montpellier.

He will face fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who ousted No. 8 Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-4.

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