Novak Djokovic lived his first troubles in Dubai. The Serbian lived an intense duel with Gaël Monfils (2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-1), where he traced three match balls, to finally reach his sixth final in the tournament, of the ATP 500 category and who Hard track dispute. His rival for the title will be the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas .
The number one in the world, who assured this condition one more week in his you to you with Rafa Nadal when he reached this penultimate round, started below in a bad first half, but took out in time the repertoire that makes him undefeated in 17 matches in 2020. 17-0 is also the story of the matches between Djokovic and the French tennis player, who had him closer than ever in the second set.
Monfils, another player in a streak with only two defeats so far (the Serbian himself in the ATP Cup and Thiem in Australia) and the titles in Montpelier and Rotterdam, began at a great level that made him restless and much the serve of his rival. Thus, he broke in the third game and then in the seventh. Belgrade continued to fail with his service at the start of the second quarter.
Tsitsipas repeats final
The Frenchman broke, but the Serbian began his reaction, recovering the disadvantage and with up to five set balls, the rest, which he did not take advantage of. The lost option made him doubt in the 'tie-break' to number one and Monfils got 6-3 with three match balls . However, so close but so far, the Frenchman vanished the advantage, and the set in a double foul.
The intimidation of Djokovic gave way to a third party placid for Belgrade, with a 6-1 unrivaled, the last two games against a Monfils who came to enter the locker room to be attended by the physio. 'Nole' will be measured in the final to a Tsitsipas that beat Daniel Evans (6-2, 6-3) to fight again for the title he gave last year to Roger Federer.
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