Novak Djokovic easily reached the quarter-finals of the ATP 250 Hardcourt Championships in Tel Aviv. The Serbian top seed clearly beat Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6:0 6:3 in the round of 16 on Thursday. In the quarter-finals, the seventh place in the world rankings, which had a farewell in the first round, meets the Canadian Vasek Pospisil.
The day before, Djokovic had taken Roger Federer as a role model and also wanted to celebrate his farewell with his biggest rival. “One thing I definitely wish alongside my family and friends is to have my greatest rivals and comrades-in-arms with me,” the 35-year-old said of the end of his career. Right now, saying goodbye to the ATP tour isn’t a problem.
He was affected by the Swiss departure last Friday in the Laver Cup. The 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer ended his career in London in a very emotional way. 41-year-old Rafael Nadal sat on the bench in tears after the duo lost and shook hands.
Tim was knocked out in the round of 16
Meanwhile, Dominic Thiem was eliminated in the round of 16 on Wednesday night. The 29-year-old was beaten by Marin Cilic on his 34th birthday 7:6 (8/6) 2:6 4:6. This was Lower Austria’s first defeat to the Croatian, who was No. 2 on the ATP Tour professionals.
Thiem must admit defeat to Cilic
Dominic Thiem had to concede defeat to Croatian Marin Cilic 7:6 (8/6) 2:6 4:6 in the round of 16 at the ATP 250 hard court tournament in Tel Aviv.
Tim wasn’t able to take another big step toward the top 100 as he had hoped. There is now a one-week break from the former world number three tournaments, after which he has increased his tight autumn program ahead of Vienna: He will play in Gijon from October 10, in Antwerp from October 17 (both ATP 250 tournaments), before returning to a week later in Erste Bank Open in Vienna.
ATP 250 Championship in Tel Aviv
(Israel, $1,019,855, Hard Court/Indoor)
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