ATP Tel Aviv: Novak Djokovic remains perfect vs. Vasek Pospisil



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ATP Tel Aviv: Novak Djokovic remains perfect vs. Vasek Pospisil

Novak Djokovic is through into the Tel Aviv semi-final following a 7-6, 6-3 triumph over Vasek Pospisil in an hour and 53 minutes. It was their first meeting since Eastbourne 2017, and Novak is still perfect against the Canadian, winning all six matches and 13 sets.

Djokovic claimed nine points more than Pospisil and created the gap in the shortest range up to four strokes. The Serb defended his second serve nicely and fended off two out of three break points. Vasek dominated with his first serve and lost the ground a bit on the second to experience two breaks from as many chances offered to his rival.

Pospisil made a strong start and grabbed the encounter's opening game with a forehand down the line winner. Djokovic responded with a perfect lob winner in game two before the Canadian delivered a hold at love a few minutes later with a volley winner for 2-1.

Vasek fired a booming serve in game five for another advantage, and Novak clinched the next one at love to lock the result at 3-3.

Novak Djokovic will compete in the Tel Aviv semi-final.

The Canadian survived a couple of deuces in game seven to bring it home and remain on the positive side.

There were no chances for the returners in the next five games, and they introduced a tie break after Novak's hold at love in game 12. Djokovic grabbed two early mini-breaks and landed a volley winner at the net to forge a 5-1 advantage.

Vasek remained composed and climbed back to 5-5 with a forehand winner in the tenth point. The Canadian missed a forehand in the 11th point, and the Serb seized the first set points in the next one to grab the breaker 7-5 in an hour.

Pospisil cracked a forehand down the line bullet at the start of the second set for a break chance. Djokovic denied it with a service winner and landed another to bring the game home and avoid an early setback. Novak earned a break chance in game two after an extended rally and seized it after Vasek's loose forehand for a 2-0 lead.

The Canadian missed another forehand in the third game before holding at love in the next one for 1-3. Djokovic faced two break points in the fifth game, and Pospisil converted the second to reduce the deficit to 3-2. Vasek served at 3-4 and squandered two game points.

It cost him dearly after netting a forehand and losing serve to find himself 5-3 behind. Serving for the victory in game nine, Djokovic fell 30-0 behind before hitting four winners and sealing the deal after a 23-stroke exchange.