Novak Djokovic and Roman Safiullin will take on each other in the semifinal of the 2022 ATP Tel Aviv Open on Saturday, October 1.
Top seed and world number seven Novak Djokovic improved his record against Vasek Pospisil to 6-0 after defeating the Canadian in straight sets in the quarterfinals on Friday. The 35-year-old, who had beaten Pablo Andjar in the second round 6-0, 6-3, had a difficult start against Pospisil on Friday. Both players served well in the first set, with neither being broken. The set eventually required a tiebreaker, which Djokovic won 5-1. The Canadian responded by winning four straight points to tie the game at 5-5. However, the Serb won the next two points to take the set. Djokovic broke early in the second set to take a 3-0 lead, but Pospisil came back to win the next three games in a row. Djokovic then got another break in the eighth game and won the final three games to win the match 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
Russia’s Roman Safiullin, who defeated Arthur Rinderknech in straight sets in the quarterfinals on Friday, will face Djokovic in the semifinals. Safiullin won 90% of the points (26 of 29) in the 69-minute match thanks to his first serve. He saved the only break point he faced in the match, converting three of the eight that he held for a 6-4, 6-1 victory. Safiullin did not break in his previous match, which he won 6-1, 6-4 over Argentina’s Tomás Martin Etcheverry. The Russian dropped a set in the first round against Hugo Grenier of France, but recovered to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. The 24-year-old, who is ranked 104th in the world, improved his tour record to 9-4. He will play in his second tour-level semifinal of the season on Saturday, after reaching the final four in Marseille.
Novak Djokovic and Roman Safiullin will take on each other in the semifinal of the 2022 ATP Tel Aviv Open on Saturday, October 1. The tournament has been scheduled to begin on Monday, September 26 and conclude on Sunday, October 2 this year.
The ATP Tel Aviv Open 2022 will feature five rounds of competition apart from the qualifying matches. These are the round of 32, round of 16, quarter-final, semi-final and final. The tournament is scheduled to start on Monday, September 26 and conclude on Sunday, October 2.
|September 26||Round of 32|
|September 27||Round of 32|
|September 28||Round of 16|
|Botic van de Zandschulp||5|
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