Novak Djokovic was not out on Centre Court for long in his opening round match at Wimbledon after Martin Klizan unfortunately had to retire early in the second set due to a recurring calf injury.
The second seed was not forced to play his best as Klizan struggled from the outset, but did enough to look comfortable on the scoreline leading 6-3, 2-0 after 40 minutes before the Slovak called time on the match.
The recent champion in Eastbourne will face Adam Pavlasek in the second round after the Czech came from a set down to defeat Ernesto Escobedo 6-7(7), 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 to earn his first Tour level win in over 11 months.
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Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals at the Aegon International in Eastbourne after coming through a tough test against Donald Young 6-2, 7-6(9) as his preparations for Wimbledon continue.
The top seed looked back to his best and perfectly at home on the grass in the opening set, racing through it only dropping three points on serve to take it 6-2. The second set was a rather different story as Young grew in confidence and earned the chance to serve for the second set at 5-4. The American had a set point then and a couple more in the tiebreak, but Djokovic held his nerve and finally got over the line on his fourth match point to extend his time by the seaside in his first trip to Eastbourne.
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Novak Djokovic ensured that his first visit to Eastbourne was not a fleeting one as he booked his place in the quarterfinals at the Aegon International with a straight sets victory over Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-3.
In a very entertaining contest full of great shot making there was little to separate the two players in the first set. Top seed Djokovic raised his level at the crucial moment to secure a break at the end of the set to take control and fought off a break point early in the second before responding to close out the match in straight sets.
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Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro will have to resume their quarterfinal match at the Rome Masters on Saturday after play was interrupted due to heavy rain and lightning, with the world number two leading 6-1, 1-2.
Earlier in the day Dominic Thiem stunned the Rome crowd as he inflicted the perfect revenge on Rafael Nadal, defeating the seven-time former champion in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
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The 2017 season on the ATP World Tour got underway last week and with three tournaments there was plenty of action to welcome in the new year! Titles were up for grabs in Brisbane, Chennai and Doha, featuring the world’s top ten players, including world number one Andy Murray and the long anticipated return of Rafael Nadal.
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Novak Djokovic kept his hopes of defending his crown in Doha alive after he saved five match points to see off Fernando Verdasco in a thrilling match at the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-3.
Verdasco was much the better player in windy conditions in the latter stages of the first set and throughout the second. However, it was the 12-time Grand Slam champion’s sheer will and desire to win which kept him afloat in the tiebreak at 6-2 down as he stayed patient and waited for his opponent to make the errors in the big moments, sealing the tiebreak 9-7 and breaking the Spaniard twice in the final set to secure the win.
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Novak Djokovic erased any doubts over his lack of match time and any injury concerns as he dispatched Britain’s Kyle Edmund in straight sets 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the fourth round of the US Open.
The two players had met once before in a high quality second round clash in Miami this year, but it was the world number one who was victorious 6-3, 6-3. Djokovic had played just six games since he won his first round match in four sets last Monday so was feeling very fresh, but potentially undercooked in terms of match play. Meanwhile, Edmund was having the tournament of his life, beating Richard Gasquet in round one before reaching the fourth round of a slam for the first time after defeating John Isner in four sets to set up this clash.
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