New Milestone for Djokovic at Dubai Tennis Championship

ddftennis, dubai open, dubai tennis, Dubai Tennis Championship, irish village, djokovic, novak, novak djokovic, lopezThe 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.

  1.  Jimmy Connors, 1,254
  2.  Ivan Lendl, 1,071
  3. Roger Federer, 1,067
  4. Guillermo Vilas, 929
  5. John McEnroe, 875
  6. Andre Agassi, 870
  7. Stefan Edberg, 801
  8. Ilie Nastase, 779
  9. Rafael Nadal, 775
  10. Pete Sampras, 762
  11. Boris Becker, 713
  12. 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.

 

 

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