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ATP Dubai: Novak Djokovic defeats Hubert Hurkacz to maintain his unblemished record
the top ranking in the entire world In 2023, Novak Djokovic is undefeated! The Serb has advanced to the final four in Dubai for the tenth time out of 13 travels to the desert; he is still on the championship trail and vying for his third championship of the year. After an hour and twenty-one minutes, Novak defeated Hubert Hurkacz in their quarterfinal match by scores of 6-3 and 7-5.
The Serb overcame the Pole for the sixth time in as many matches, never faced a break point, and twice stole the opponent’s serve to win and advance to the semifinals. In the first set, Novak’s second serve was crucial, resulting in five easy holds while he waited for an opportunity on the return.
It happened in the fourth game when he took advantage of the third chance to secure a significant edge. Djokovic won the first game of the match with a service winner, and Hurkacz tied it up in the second game with a huge serve.
In Dubai, Novak Djokovic defeated Hubert Hurkacz in a resounding three sets.
With a forehand crosscourt winner in game three, Novak made it 2-1 and pushed hard on the return in game four. Hubert had three break points when he sprayed a backhand error.
After forcing the error from the Pole, the Serb scored on the third to make it 3-1. In order to secure his lead, Djokovic held at 30 in the fifth game. He then did the same in the following two games to win 5-2. In game nine, Hubert served to extend the set and held at 15 to increase his chances.
But in game nine, Novak served an ace to end the set 6-3 in 35 minutes. Hurkacz began the second set with a forehand winner that held at love, and Djokovic continued the momentum with a service winner in game two.
In the subsequent games, neither player was able to gain an advantage over the other, as both players dominated their service games. In game six, Novak held at 15 to tie the match at 3-3, and a few minutes later, Hubert took the lead once more with a strong serve. In game eleven, Djokovic held at 30 to tie the score at 5-5 and put Hurkacz under additional pressure.
The Pole encountered break points and had trouble converting free points on his serve. He successfully protected the first four points, but Novak won the fifth to take a 6-5 lead and serve for the match. In game 12, Djokovic held at love to secure the victory and advance to the semifinals.