By beating a tough Borna Coric on Wednesday night (7-6, 6-3), Novak Djokovic qualified for the quarter-finals of the Vienna tournament. But the Serbian has also almost secured the first place in the world for the end of the year 2020. For it to escape the 33-year-old player, winner of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, Rafael Nadal will have to win the Masters 1000 at Paris-Bercy next week. Then the Sofia tournament from November 8 to 15. But with the current health crisis, it seems unlikely that the Spaniard will visit the Bulgarian capital. Already leading world tennis in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018, Novak Djokovic would equal Pete Sampras’ record.
To secure the crown of the year 2020, Novak Djokovic was not trapped Wednesday by the 24th player in the world. Still, the battle was fierce in the first round. Borna Coric even missed a ball in the first set, won by the Serbian player (13-11). At 1-1 in the second round, Novak Djokovic took the service of the Croatian to never let go of the game.
In 2:07 of play, the world number one confirmed his domination over Borna Coric, whom he had already defeated three times in the past: in Madrid in 2016, in Monte Carlo in 2018 and in Shanghai the same year. For this, Novak Djokovic was imperial on his faceoff: no break conceded and 80% of points won on the first ball. Solid, the Serbian will be opposed to Hubert Hurkacz or Lorenzo Sonego in the quarter-finals.
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