Dubai Championship | Djokovic falls, first defeat in 2023

(Dubai) Russian Daniil Medvedev snapped Serbian world primary Novak Djokovic’s 20-match successful streak and reached the Dubai Tennis Championships closing with a 6-4, 6-4 victory, respectively, on Friday.

The third seed within the competitors, Medvedev will discover within the closing his compatriot and defending champion Andrei Rublev, who took the measure of German Alexander Zverev for the primary time in his profession, earlier at present.

The previous world primary Medvedev debuted in Dubai after successful tournaments in Rotterdam and Doha. His victory over Djokovic earned him 13H sport in a row, the second-longest successful streak of his profession.

Medvedev had two breaks within the first set and one to begin the second. He completed the duel on the primary match level.

“While you face Novak, it’s a must to play to the most effective of your talents and hope Novak is just not at his greatest,” Medvedev stated.

“I used to be in a position to play at the next degree than at present. Within the second set, I didn’t have any break factors, however there have been a number of factors 30-30, 40-40. I managed to maintain my cool,” Medvedev added.

Medvedev Djokovic has not been defeated for the reason that 2021 US Open closing, the place he received his solely Grand Slam title. This victory denied Djokovic a Grand Slam rating, a feat nobody had achieved in males’s singles since 1969. Djokovic received the following 4 matches.

Photograph: Kamran Jebrili, assistant journalist

Daniel Medvedev

Nevertheless, Medvedev is 5-3 towards Djokovic when the Serb sits on the high of the world rankings.

Beforehand, Rublev wanted six match factors to defeat Zverev 6-3, 7-6 (9). Ranked sixth, Rublev saved a set level within the second set tiebreak.

Photograph: Kamran Jebrili, assistant journalist

Andrey Rublev

The 25-year-old tennis participant has misplaced his earlier 5 bouts towards longtime buddy Zverev. Rublev additionally participated in his first semi-final for the reason that French Open final June.