Novak Djokovic defeats Rublev to reach the ATP semi-finals
Turin Novak Djokovic qualified for the semi-finals of the ATP Finals by defeating Andrei Rublev 6-3 6-2 on Wednesday.
Top-ranked Djokovic is attempting to equal Roger Federer’s record-breaking six titles in the season-ending event for the world’s top eight players.
Djokovic was again nearly fine with his serve, although Rublev managed to break it in the opening match. Djokovic broke twice in each set and won the match with a 12th header.
“I knew I had to be ready and start well,” Djokovic said. “I dropped my serve again like in the first game. It was a tense start from both of us until 4-3 and then with new balls I somehow managed to find the right shots at the right time.
“When we won the first set, I put extra pressure on him, and I probably started to play more consistently from the back of the court. I did really well, and that helped tremendously. I wanted to get him out of his comfort zone, take the time and mix the pace.”
Djokovic is now 2-0 in the green group. He defeated Casper Rudd in his opening group match.
Rudd will meet Cameron Norrie later Wednesday. Nouri was called up as the second substitute after 2019 champion Stefanos Tsitsipas was forced to pull out with his injured elbow. Jannick Sener replaced Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday.
This story has been corrected to show that Tsitsipas won the ATP Finals in 2019, not 2018.
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