ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Add Botic van de Zandschulp to the lengthy listing of gamers to have been schooled by Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic eased previous Van de Zandschulp 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday in his first profession assembly with the 27-year-old Dutchman to achieve the quarterfinals of the Astana Open.
Van de Zandschulp earned one break level in every set however couldn’t severely threaten Djokovic, who’s in search of a second straight indoor hardcourt title after profitable in Tel Aviv final week.
“(In the) second set I think I started to read his serve better and just started swinging through the court more,” Djokovic mentioned. “Botic is a quality tennis player. When he has time, he can hurt you, so I tried to take away that time from him and I’m very pleased with the way I played, particularly in the second.”
Djokovic will subsequent face Karen Khachanov, who rallied to beat Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. If the 21-time Grand Slam champion will get previous that one, he might come up towards fellow former No. 1 Daniil Medvedev. The second-seeded Russian beat Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland 6-3, 6-2 to maneuver one match away from a possible rematch of final yr’s U.S. Open remaining, when Medvedev beat Djokovic to disclaim his try at a calendar-year Grand Slam.
Medvedev will first must beat Roberto Bautista Agut, who superior Wednesday.
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