Djokovic advances to his fourth final of the season

Serbian Novak Djokovic (the seventh in the world) qualified for the ATP 250 final in Tel Aviv on Saturday, his fourth this season, by defeating Russia in two sets 6-1, 7-6 (7/3). Roman Svilolin (104), at 1 hour 35 minutes.

“I think it was a very open match, especially in the second set. I have to say I immersed myself in my feelings on the court today in the second set, there was a lot of tension, and it was also related to his aggressive style of tennis: big serve, and when he has the time, strong On both sides,” Djoko, 35, smiled after winning.

Thus, the man with 21 Grand Slam titles will play, on hard ground and indoors, the final 127th of his professional career.

He’s already won 88, or about two out of three. His opponent in the final will be Croatian Marin Cilic or sudden Frenchman Constant Lestienne, 30, 68th in the world.

Djokovic roamed the first set (6-1), conceding a break point, then serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but Svolin, armed with a big serve, managed to prolong the suspense until a decisive match in which he fumbled: an unintentional foul in the An easy forehand, followed by a double foul, gave “Nole” a decisive 4-1 advantage.

“I knew I had to stay very consistent because he was obligated to raise his level in the second set, and that’s what happened,” Djokovic added.

“When I served for the match (5-4), I played poorly with two points and he had the advantage of taking advantage of it to come back. It was a very enjoyable evening on the field.”

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After losing the final in Belgrade in April, winning in Rome in May, on clay, and then his new title at Wimbledon in July, on grass, Djokovic was forced to give up American championships, including the US Open, for lack of it. He was vaccinated against COVID-19 (which already resulted in him being unable to defend his chances in Australia).

“No official match was played until the Laver Cup by the teams, between Europe and the rest of the world, last week in London.

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