ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — High seed Novak Djokovic is into the quarterfinals of the Adelaide Worldwide the place he’ll face Denis Shapovalov.
Djokovic defeated Quentin Halis 7-6 (3) 7-6 (5) on Thursday, whereas Canadian Shapovalov beat Roman Safiulin 6-4, 6-3 to advance.
Djokovic and different high gamers are utilizing the occasion as preparation for the Australian Open, which begins on January 16. Djokovic missed the Australian Open final yr as a result of he was unvaccinated. He was allowed to enter this yr as COVID-19 restrictions had been eased.
Djokovic praised Halis’ efficiency in a really tight match.
“In the present day was an awesome efficiency by my opponent,” mentioned Djokovic. “I need to congratulate him for an awesome high quality of tennis and an awesome match in the present day. Robust luck, however he performed like a top-10 participant.”
Djokovic mentioned he was nonetheless making an attempt to get a really feel for his recreation.
“The 2 tiebreaks had been in all probability probably the most sensible rating of in the present day’s match and I am simply comfortable to beat the robust problem,” Djokovic mentioned.
Djokovic is undefeated in 7 matches towards Shapovalov. Nonetheless, the Canadian might have added confidence this time round after Canada beat Australia within the Davis Cup last in November.
“Final yr we began by profitable the ATP Cup and ended it by profitable the Davis Cup, so positively the group occasions went properly for me final yr,” Shapovalov mentioned. “I am positively making an attempt to make it occur on the person aspect as properly, and it has been an awesome begin up to now.”
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