Daniil Medvedev produced a masterful performance to win in two sets against Novak Djokovic, undefeated since the start of the year, and qualify for the final of the ATP tournament in Dubai.
Novak Djokovic sees his series stop at fifteen straight wins in 2023. After his titles in Adelaide and then at the Australian Open, the world number 1 fell in the quarter-finals of the Dubai ATP tournament against an exact Daniil Medvedev and eager to put an end to a series of series of four defeats in a row against the Serb. For that, the Russian had a solid match in which he knew how to make the difference when the exchange took place. After four first games far from hanging, the world number 7 was able to push back his opponent but the first break point proved to be a failure.
The second attempt was the right one to allow Daniil Medvedev to lead four games to two. An ascendancy that the seeded number 3 of the tournament very quickly confirmed, taking the service of Novak Djokovic for the second time in a row, this time in a less complicated way. Not wanting to surrender, the world number 1 accelerated and put his opponent on the ropes. On his first break point, the Serb reduced the gap but his recovery stopped there. When entering to conclude this first round, Daniil Medvedev did not make things last.
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Medvedev and Vite Calmé Djokovic
The first set point was good for the world number 7. Touched, Novak Djokovic was quickly stunned when he again conceded his service in the first game of the second set. After getting two chances to win his engagement, the Serb dropped the next four points. With a shutout in stride, Daniil Medvedev put himself in the best position to win. If the exchanges were then intense, Novak Djokovic was never in a position to revive himself on the scoreboard, no break point having come to crown his efforts. The games went by and the outcome seemed inescapable. She ended up being.
Despite the tension of the moment, Daniil Medvedev responded to all of Novak Djokovic’s attacks, whether it was a cannon return or a well-felt cushioning. On his first match point, the Russian sealed the fate of this encounter (6-4, 6-4 in 1h36′). While he will face Andrey Rublev this Saturday in the final, Daniil Medvedev will be able to savor this success against Novak Djokovic, the first since his title at the US Open 2021, which will not go further than 20 successes in a row straddling the end of the 2022 season and the start of 2023.