Speaking about consistency, we usually check how many quarter-finals, semi-final and finals someone has achieved at a single tournament. There aren’t many players with many deep runs without at least one lousy result, and Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are at the top of that chart. The Swiss has played in Halle 17 times, and he has been the quarter-finalist every single time, which is an Open era record. Roger will try to extend it in June and maintain a perfect record in the early rounds at one of his favorite events. Novak Djokovic has moved closer to Federer following the last week’s Rome Open, securing his 15th straight quarter-final at Foro Italico from as many entries! Djokovic beat Taylor Fritz 6-3, 7-6 after an extended rain delay for a winning start. The Serb squandered a chance to seal the deal at 6-3, 5-4, having to wait for three more hours to get back on the court and cross the finish line in the tie break.
Djokovic saved five out of seven break points and delivered three return games that carried him home, struggling a bit but hitting 23 winners and 22 unforced errors. Novak played on a higher level against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to sail into the quarters like many years before. The five-time winner earned the 14th win of the season with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph in 70 minutes, beating his sparring partner in their first official match on the Tour. Novak looked sharp on the court, dropping 16 points in eight service games and fending off three out of four break chances to keep the pressure on the young Spaniard.
Novak Djokovic has never lost before the quarter-final in Rome.
Unable to find his A-game, Davidovich Fokina got broken five times from ten opportunities offered to Djokovic, winning only three games and finishing his run in the third round. The Serb had 16 winners and 17 unforced errors, while the Spaniard counted to 11 winners and 30 mistakes, most from his forehand that let him down. Novak had a massive advantage in the shortest and mid-range rallies, placing deep returns and imposing his strokes to bring the victory home in no time and advance into the last eight. Djokovic had to work hard against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Lorenzo Sonego in the next two matches, overcoming both rivals before losing the title match to Rafael Nadal.