ATP Tel Aviv: Novak Djokovic makes convincing start

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ATP Tel Aviv: Novak Djokovic makes convincing start

The 21-time Major champion Novak Djokovic is off to a winning start in Tel Aviv. Novak took down Pablo Andujar 6-0, 6-3 in an hour and 27 minutes for a place in the quarter-final. The Serb dropped only nine points in eight service games and did not face a break point.

Andujar failed to follow that pace, allowing Djokovic to take half of the return points and grab four breaks from 12 opportunities. Novak struggled a bit with a wrist injury at the Laver Cup, losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime on Sunday and looking much better on the court against the Spaniard.

The Serb cracked a backhand winner in the encounter's first game and painted a forehand down the line winner in game two for an early break.

Novak Djokovic defeated Pablo Andujar in straight sets.

Novak delivered another break in game four to extend his advantage after 15 minutes.

Flying over the court, Djokovic fired a backhand crosscourt winner for a hold at love in game five, forcing his opponent to serve to stay in the set. The Serb created a set point with a volley winner but missed it. Andujar fended off another set point and squandered game points before Djokovic seized his third set point for a bagel in half an hour.

Novak kicked off the second set with a forehand winner, and the second game turned into a marathon. Djokovic squandered five break opportunities, failing to make the last step and allowing Andujar to hold with a service winner after 12 deuces and 22 minutes!

Novak left those chances behind and landed an ace in game three for a 2-1 advantage. The Spaniard played his first comfortable service game to level the score at 2-2 and gain a boost. Delivering one good hold after another, Djokovic landed a volley winner at the net to take a 3-2 advantage.

Pablo followed that pace and held at love in game six for 3-3, playing more freely with his groundstrokes. The Spaniard hit a double fault in game seven to face a break point. The Serb seized it after a crafty slice that forced the rival's mistake and sent him 5-3 in front.

Novak served for the victory in game nine and created match points with a volley winner. Djokovic seized the first with a booming serve that propelled him into the quarter-final.