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Adelaide International 1: Novak Djokovic beats Denis Shapovalov to reach semi-final

Adelaide International 1: Novak Djokovic beats Denis Shapovalov to reach semi-final

Adelaide International 1: Novak Djokovic beats Denis Shapovalov to reach semi-final

Adelaide International 1: Novak Djokovic beats Denis Shapovalov to reach semi-final

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  • Novak Djokovic defeats Denis to reach semifinals of Adelaide International.
  • Serbian has won 21 of his last 22 tour-level matches.
  • Novak Djokovic has an 8-4 head-to-head record against Daniil Medvedev.
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Top-seeded Denis Shapovalov put up a strong fight, but Novak Djokovic prevailed 6-3, 6-4 to go to the semifinals of the Adelaide International 1 on Friday.

A boisterous Adelaide crowd was rewarded to some fierce baseline exchanges as Shapovalov played toe-to-toe with the 91-time tour-level champion Djokovic during an enthralling one-hour, 55-minute matchup.

The Serbian, who has won 21 of his last 22 tour-level matches, was more decisive at crucial times, and his three serve breaks over the course of the two sets were enough to set up a thrilling semifinal matchup with third seed Daniil Medvedev.

“I actually think that the scoreline maybe doesn’t speak enough today about the matchup. It was very close. One break of serve in the first set, which went very long in terms of time. He had break points, he had chances,” said Djokovic in his post-match press conference.

“Early on he was a better player. He was dictating. Then, you know, I started finding my serve and my groove on the court… I just made him play. Just made him play. I felt maybe he’s a bit nervous. That’s what happens, the change of momentum happens very quickly on this level,” he added.

Djokovic had a 7-0 ATP Head to Head advantage against the 23-year-old Shapovalov going into the quarterfinal match, but the Serbian faced three break points in a thrilling opening set when the Canadian’s powerful groundstrokes put him under a lot of stress.

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However, the top-seeded Serbian made no mistakes with a break point of his own to pull 5-3 ahead before serving out the set, leaving Shapovalov to regret not converting those opportunities.

After breaking for 2-1 in the second set, the top seed’s relentless defence and incisive assault appeared to have worn down Shapovalov, but the Canadian fought back with some quick returns to tie the match at 3-3.

Djokovic achieved another another remarkable victory in the city where he won the ATP Tour championship in 2007. As he gets ready to face Medvedev in a heavyweight matchup early in the season, the 35-year-old will be feeling confident.

The World No. 7 and the Serbian have an 8-4 head-to-head record, with the Serbian winning a gruelling three-set match at the ATP Finals in November.

“Hopefully it will be another long night. I don’t think there’s going to be too many short points tomorrow unless we both serve well. Normally when you play Daniil, you have to be ready to go the distance, physically, mentally, game-wise,” said Djokovic of his clash with Medvedev.

“He’s definitely one of the best players in the world for the past five years. He’s established himself as a Grand Slam winner and a No. 1 in the world, so he’s someone I respect a lot. We had some amazing battles over the years and I’m hoping for another good battle tomorrow,” he added.

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