By Aaditya Anand M, insidesport.in
6th May 2022 – (Madrid) World No.1 Novak Djokovic defeated 12th seed Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-4 on Friday in straight sets to book a spot in Madrid Open semifinals. Djokovic dominated the contest throughout and he broke Hurkacz only twice in the match to seal a victory. He will now play his 72nd Masters 1000 semifinal and fill face either Rafael Nadal or Carlos Alcaraz next.
With the win, Djokovic also extended his unbeaten record against Hurkacz to 4-0 on the ATP tour.
In a strong first set, Djokovic looked comfortable on Manolo Santana Stadium as he dominated the forehand exchanges, with Hurkacz unable to hit through the World No. 1. The 34-year-old raced to a 3-0 lead and did not face a break point in the set to move ahead after 36 minutes.
Djokovic continued to maintain the pressure in the second set, returning with great depth to force Hurkacz into errors. The top seed gained the crucial break in the fifth game, before he continued to play consistently to soar to victory, triumphing on his fourth match point.
“I was serving really well in the second set, I think that kept me alive,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview. “I was pleased with the way I was constructing points. I tried to make him run and miss and overall It was a solid performance.”
“It is definitely warmer today, even in the past two hours since the warm up, the bounce of the ball has increased by two metres. Hubi is tall and with his rotation in this altitude, everything bounces really high, so I was standing [deep] in the court, trying to mix things up. Put pressure on his first serve. It took us both time to adjust and the second set I think was better quality.”