Novak Djokovic after a bagel: 'My best match of the week'
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 2141
The 21-time Major champion Novak Djokovic is eager to win every match by the end of the season after missing the Us Open! The Serb has won the previous 12 encounters, winning titles in Tel Aviv and Astana and hoping for more at the Paris Masters.
A six-time champion is through to the semi-final following a dominant 6-0, 6-3 triumph over the young Italian Lorenzo Musetti in 74 minutes. Novak was pleased with his performance, taking power off from the rival's strokes and imposing his groundstrokes.
Djokovic served at 55%, but no one could notice that. He lost nine points behind the initial shot and lost serve once at the start of the second set. Musetti needed more than that to remain competitive after dropping 57% of the points in his games, offering Djokovic 11 break points and getting broken five times.
Novak Djokovic scored a dominant win over Lorenzo Musetti.
Novak had 14 winners and 15 unforced errors, while Lorenzo stayed under ten direct points and counted almost 30 unforced mistakes. The Serb had a massive advantage in the shortest range up to four strokes and outplayed the rival in the more extended ones.
Novak held at 15 in the encounter's first game with a service winner and grabbed an early break when Lorenzo netted a forehand in the next one. Djokovic closed the third game at love and seized the second opportunity on the return after Musetti's loose backhand for 4-0.
The Serb fired another booming serve in game five, and the Italian served to stay in the set at 0-5. With nothing working his way, Musetti sprayed another backhand error to experience the third break and allow Djokovic to deliver a bagel in swift 24 minutes.
The youngster raised his level at the start of the second set and clinched a break at 15 in game three after Djokovic's forehand error. Novak started all over and converted the fourth break chance in game four to lock the result at 2-2 and regain momentum.
The Serb held at love in game five for 3-2 and delivered the crucial break in the next one after the Italian's wayward backhand. Novak moved 5-2 ahead and served for the victory at 5-3. Djokovic produced a hold at love in game nine to emerge at the top and move into the last four.
"I was well prepared. Musetti is a talented young man. You can not give him time on a backhand or even forehand. The point was not to allow him to be aggressive. I'm happy with my performance; it was my best match of the week," Novak Djokovic said.