Novak Djokovic overwhelms Andrey Rublev and gives himself the tenth semifinal in an edition of the Nitto ATP Finals. It takes one hour and 7 minutes of play for the Serbian champion to get rid of the Russian with a score of 6-3 6-2.
He never even gave the impression of giving the multi-champion from Belgrade a chance to play for it, who swept away the unfortunate Rublev without even trying too hard, at least apparently.
On one point in particular, however, he made an extra effort and pulled out all his athletic equipment to win it. We are in the third game of the second set and serve for the Russian at 40-40.
After a series of exchanges, Rublev throws a cross of his super forehand into the opponent’s field, calling Djokovic to overtime. The Serbian barely gets there in a split but sends the ball back to the sender, but the feeling is that he is now one step away from losing the puto: or so it seems.
On the nth straight of the Russian, the world number 1 strikes the last blow in length, this time a backhand, which cuts diagonally across the pitch and catches Rublev unprepared. What seemed to be an advantage for Andrey turns into an advantage for Nole, who will then win the next point and then the break.
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