Qualifier Jiri Vesely reacts to stunning No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic in Dubai

Vesely keeps a perfect head-to-head against Djokovic.

by Dzevad Mesic
Qualifier Jiri Vesely reacts to stunning No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic in Dubai

Qualifier Jiri Vesely couldn't hide his happiness after stunning world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Dubai. Vesely, ranked at No. 123 in the world, handed a 6-4 7-6 (4) loss to Djokovic in the Dubai quarterfinal. Vesely claimed the first break of the match in the first game but Djokovic broke back in the fourth game.

It didn't take long for Vesely to earn another break as he broke Djokovic again in the seventh game and served out for the opener in the 10th game. Vesely then collected the first break of the second set in the seventh game but failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game.

However, Vesely kept his focus as he realized his first match point in the tie-break to seal a straight-set win. “It is an amazing feeling,” Vesely said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “I never really thought I would have a chance against Novak.

He is one of the greatest of all time. After the past 12 months, it is unbelievable. I have so many emotions inside. It is hard to describe. It is an amazing feeling”.

Vesely keeps a winning record against Djokovic

Vesely now has a 2-0 head-to-head against Djokovic as he also beat the Serb when they clashed at the Monte Carlo Masters in 2016.

“Playing against Novak, he is such a great groundstroke player,” Vesely added. “He moves really well. You really have to earn it and fight for every single point. I think I did an amazing job today. I tried to keep the rallies short.

Of course Novak had huge support. I love these matches playing against the best players in the world. Having full stadiums is something I have dreamt about my whole life. ” With the loss, Djokovic is set to lose the world No.

1 ranking to Daniil Medvedev. “It is great for tennis to have someone new at World No. 1,” Vesely added. “Novak is such a champion, he has been No. 1 for 361 weeks, but tennis needs new World No. 1s and there is a new generation coming up and I think it is great”.

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