Novak Djokovic kept it classy after ousting Vasek Pospisil at the Tel Aviv Open as he congratulated the Canadian on putting up a big fight and good performance. On Friday, Djokovic saw off Pospisil 7-6 (5) 6-3 to progress into the Tel Aviv semifinal.
Djokovic and Pospisil, who have a very good relationship off the court, were going up against each other for the sixth time. Following his latest victory, Djokovic owns a 6-0 head-to-head versus Pospisil. “It was a great, positive win,” Djokovic said after beating Pospisil, per the ATP website.
“Vasek is one of my best friends on the Tour. We have known each other for many years. It is never easy playing someone you respect so much and like so much, but we are both professionals and wanted to win the match and you can see that.
I think the level of tennis was really high. Especially towards the end of the first set and the second set. Credit to him for fighting. Great to see him back”.
Djokovic closed out Pospisil in straight sets
The first set was a tight contest as not a single break point was seen during the opener.
After struggling to clinch any break points during the first set, Djokovic started the tie-break with an early 4-0 lead. But Pospisil refused to give up as managed to win five of the next six points and tie the tie-break to five points apiece.
After dropping four consecutive points, Djokovic won the next two points to win a tight first set. Up by a set, Djokovic earned the first break of the match in the second game of the set. Down by a set and a break, Pospisil didn't quit and managed to break back Djokovic in the fifth game to cut the deficit to 3-2 in the second set.
However, blowing an early second-set break didn't impact Djokovic, who broke Pospisil again in the eighth game before serving out for the match in the following game. Djokovic plays Roman Safiullin in the Tel Aviv semifinal.