World number one Novak Djokovic overcame Hubert Hurkacz in a routine 6-3, 6-4 win on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Madrid Open, where he is vying for a fourth title in the Spanish capital.
jokovic looked a lot more like him on a sunny day in Madrid at the Manolo Santana Stadium as he continued to work his way back into top form ahead of the French Open which begins later this month.
The 34-year-old was released into the quarter-finals when opponent Andy Murray retired from the much-anticipated clash through illness and the top seeded Serb went straight to the point against Hurkacz.
After taking a 3-0 lead in the first set, Djokovic completed in 36 minutes and kept the pressure on in the second. He made the decisive break to make it 3:2 and triumphed after an hour and 20 minutes.
Djokovic sent down 16 winners while lacking a break point from Hurkacz, extending his perfect record against the Pole to 4-0.
“The first set, which we both didn’t play that well, cost us both time to adapt to the conditions,” said Djokovic. “Second set, I think better quality tennis. I served really well. I’m happy with the way I constructed the point.”
Djokovic meets the winner of the match between world number four Rafa Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz later on Friday for a place in the final.
“They are the top two players this year with the results they got,” said Djokovic. “Rafa is playing well, nothing seemed to bother him in the last couple of games… He’s very close to his best.”
“And Carlos too, I mean, he’s living the dream, isn’t he? He’s playing fantastic tennis and he’s improved so much… It’s going to be a good match.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/tennis/world-number-one-novak-djokovic-eases-into-madrid-open-semi-final-with-comfortable-win-over-hubert-hurkacz-41622283.html World number one Novak Djokovic moves into the semi-finals of the Madrid Open with a comfortable win over Hubert Hurkacz