Novak Djokovic reacts to destroying Pablo Andujar in Tel Aviv opener

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Novak Djokovic reacts to destroying Pablo Andujar in Tel Aviv opener

Novak Djokovic has gotten off to a great start at the inaugural Tel Aviv Open as he crushed Pablo Andujar to progress into the quarterfinal. Djokovic, the first-seeded player in the Tel Aviv main draw, had a first-round bye in Tel Aviv.

On Thursday, Djokovic kicked off his Tel Aviv campaign with a 6-0 6-3 victory over Andujar. After winning the first seven games of the match for a 6-0 1-0 lead, Djokovic missed out on four break points in the second game of the second set as Andujar managed to earn his first game of the match.

However, not realizing those four break points didn't impact Djokovic, who broke Andujar in the eighth game for a 5-3 lead before serving out for the match in the following game. "The first match started off in a perfect way for me.

I won seven games in a row and we were fighting in that eighth game for 15 minutes I think," Djokovic said after the win, per the ATP website. "It was one of the longest games I've ever played in my life and I've played many, many games in my life.

But credit to Pablo for fighting and playing a great match as well."

Djokovic praises the Tel Aviv crowd

Djokovic, who played a Davis Cup tie in Israel 16 years ago, enjoyed his first match back in the Israeli capital.

Going forward, Djokovic is hoping the Tel Aviv crowd stays on his side. "Fantastic atmosphere here tonight, thank you very much," Djokovic said of the atmosphere in Tel Aviv. "I like the court, it's very intimate and it's very loud.

The crowd here is very passionate about the sport, about tennis and I'm really, really happy to be here and to perform here in front of you, so thank you for your support." Djokovic plays Vasek Pospisil in the Tel Aviv quarterfinal.