Wednesday, August 17

Djokovic passes over Norrie and reaches the semifinals undefeated




Novak Djokovic he does not take prisoners. One might think that with the first place in his group secured and at the gates of a complicated semifinal duel against Alexander Zverev, you could lower the piston a little in front of Cameron Norrie but at the moment of truth it was the usual cyclone, for finish winning 6-2 and 6-1 in just one hour and 6 minutes of the game.

This is how the Serbian understands tennis, who in Turn seeks his sixth ATP Masters crown, which will equal him at the historic peak with Roger Federer. ‘Nole’ also has not raised this cup since 2015 after linking four consecutive titles since 2012, so he seems especially motivated. Since then I have lost two finals, one to Andy Murray (2016) and another against Zverev, his rival tomorrow (2018).

Djokovic, what already has 41 victories in the tournament -Far from Federer’s 59-, he was on track for both sets early by breaking his rival’s serve at the first exchange rate, giving up just one break ball throughout the duel.

The Balkan tennis player, who has not yielded a single sleeve in Turn, was very solid with his serve (he won 76% of them and added 5 aces) and added up to 21 winners for just 16 unforced errors, which ended up despairing the debutant Norrie, who had entered the picture as a substitute for the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, injured.

Seen like this, the match was a perfect training session for what awaits him this weekend, when Zverev and Medvedev will be measured, if there are no surprises in the semifinals, in search of the coveted title.

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