Novak Djokovic in the fourth final of the season in Tel Aviv
Novak Djokovic reacts after winning the men’s singles semi-final in Tel Aviv on Saturday.©AFP
Novak Djokovic reached his fourth final of 2022 on Saturday by beating Roman Safiullin in straight sets in the Tel Aviv semi-final. Djokovic, 35, triumphed 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) and will be looking to claim his third title of the season, and 89th of his career, when he faces Croatian Marin Cilic or Frenchman Constant Lestienne . in Sunday’s final. Former world number one Djokovic took a 5-0 lead on his way to capturing the first set in just 23 minutes without facing a break point.
However, Safiullin, the world number 104 contender for an ATP Finals for the first time, was much more competitive in the second set.
He had two break points which Djokovic saved in game six and the 25-year-old Russian had to pay when the 21-time Grand Slam winner broke for a 5-4 lead.
Safiullin made it 6-6 before Djokovic swept the tiebreaker, securing the victory after 94 minutes on the pitch.
Djokovic, who has titles in Rome and Wimbledon this year, is currently seventh in the standings and, as a Grand Slam winner, finishing in the top 20 is enough to guarantee a spot in the ATP Finals.
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