The stage has come when adjectives fall short at explaining the extraordinary talent of Novak Djokovic. I mean a what adjective you would bestow a man who literally “plays like a machine?”
The Men’s World no.1 Sibraian tennis professional on Friday beat Lucas Pouille to reach the semi-final of the Japan Open 2019. Novak, in his witty self, post-win said he might not be a machine, however, he played like one against Lucas Pouille.
Djokovic defeated Pouille 6-1, 6-2 to reach his first semi-final after being ruled out of US Open 2019 due to an injury against Stan Wawrinka.
With the win, the 32-year-old now has reached the semi-finals of six out of eight tournaments he has played this season. Serbian Djokovic continues to pursue his fourth tour-level title of the season.
“I saw him play a couple of days ago against Nishioka and he was playing really well. I took away the time from him. I served well, served many aces, returned a lot of his serves back and just used every opportunity to come in. Just overall, a really flawless performance,” said Djokovic highlighting what made him overcome the outstanding Pouille in the quarter-finals.
Djokovic on Saturday will face D. Goffin in the 2nd semifinal of the season while R.Opelka and J. Millman will lock horns at the first semi-final. Djokovic has won six of his seven FedEx ATP head-to-head meetings against Goffin.