The remarkable 28-year-old Serb is already a four-time champion in the Emirates, and was the runner-up here in Dubai last year. Back then, Roger Federer won his seventh Dubai Tennis Championship title, but this time not even that formidable opponent can threaten Novak: the Roger is absent following knee surgery.
Yesterday’s game at Dubai Tennis Championship marked a big milestone from Djokovic. With a win over Tommy Robredo and a stunning victory over Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri in just 66 minutes, 6-1, 6-2, he made it to 700 victories, which just a few successful players have achieved.
Among active players, only Federer and Rafael Nadal have done so, and a glance down the list of the other Open Era ‘700 Club’ shows just what elite company Djokovic has just joined.
- Jimmy Connors, 1,254
- Ivan Lendl, 1,071
- Roger Federer, 1,067
- Guillermo Vilas, 929
- John McEnroe, 875
- Andre Agassi, 870
- Stefan Edberg, 801
- Ilie Nastase, 779
- Rafael Nadal, 775
- Pete Sampras, 762
- Boris Becker, 713
- Novak Djokovic, 700
You can see the twitter hashtag #Nole700 celebrating the milestone. DDFTennis rewarded Nole with a giant cake after the game but the Serb was not entirely happy with his performance:
“First set and a half I was, and then I started missing a lot of easy forehands from midcourt. It frustrated me, honestly, a little bit….But, you know, I managed to win the match—same scoreline as yesterday. I will take the positives out of tonight’s match and hopefully be able to raise my game even more.”
He next plays veteran Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, a two-time finalist at the tournament, but Djokovic has beaten him in all seven previous matches—though he did drop a set to Lopez in their only Dubai meeting.
The tickets for the finals have unfortunately been sold but Uncover Dubai has a tip for all tennis enthusiasts: head to the Irish village even if you haven’t booked your ticket- they show the game on a big screen while serving you some delicious roasts, and you can actually meet the tennis players and even get them sign a tennis ball for you after the game.