Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Novak Djokovic overpowers David Goffin to reach Japan Open final

Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic served eight aces no double faults and was only broken once during the match
Cary Erickson | 08 October, 2019, 22:52

France's Lucas Pouille hits a return during the men's singles quarter-final match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo on October 4, 2019.

Australian qualifier John Millman moved into his first ATP 500 semi-final with a 6-4 6-0 defeat of Japan's Taro Daniel, and he will face American Reilly Opelka, a 6-3 6-3 victor over Yasutaka Uchiyama.

Djokovic, eyeing a fourth title of the season after recovering from a shoulder injury which forced him to retire from the US Open, produced a masterclass of returning and served superbly to set up an encounter with David Goffin. He has not dropped a set at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, and he has broken serve 12 times in three matches.

"I hope to bring my best tennis, a physical brand of tennis, and really just give it all for one more match". Best one of this week and came at the right time. Just overall, a really flawless performance."Most performances for players on the ATP Tour are average by their standards".

After controlling the first set, Djokovic broke Goffin in the first game of the second.

Big-serving Opelka fired 13 aces but could not convert either of his two break points while Millman needed only one break of serve in the opening set before winning the second in the tiebreak.

Djokovic told the ATP: "It was a fantastic week in every sense". He will be shooting for his first career title.

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The Serbian tennis maestro, on Saturday, eased past 2017 Tokyo champion David Goffin of Belgium in straight sets to book his place in the summit showdown of the tournament.

Goffin was the only former champion in the draw.

Djokovic retired with a left-shoulder injury during his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka at the US Open but has shown no lingering effects in Tokyo.

Heading into the clash, Djokovic leads the Head-to-Head series against Millman 2-0.

He has now reached at least the semi-finals in six of his past seven tournaments going back to the Madrid Open in May.

Djokovic is making a push to finish as year-end No. 1 for the sixth time, which would tie the mark held by Pete Sampras.

Looking at his opponent, John Millman also won his previous match in straight sets as he defeated Reilly Opelka from the United States.