Djokovic edges Bautista Agut to arrange last with Raonic

New York, August 29

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic overcame a sore neck and an early scare to defeat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6 6-Four 7-6(0) within the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open on Friday, establishing a showpiece match in opposition to Canadian Milos Raonic.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner fired off 14 aces to maintain his 2020 unbeaten streak alive, extending his file to 22-Zero along with his newest victory at Flushing Meadows, which is short-term host to the fan-less event amid the brand new coronavirus outbreak.

Djokovic, who has been fighting a neck damage and acquired help from a event physio within the second set, held on to prevail within the third set as his opponent pressured the match right into a tiebreak.

He will subsequent tackle Raonic, who harnessed his monster serve to upset Greek world No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(5) 6-Three of their semifinal conflict, launching 12 aces and profitable 90 per cent of his first serves to earn a spot in his 22nd last.

The Canadian faces lengthy odds to beat Djokovic, who has triumphed in all 10 of their earlier conferences.

“I’m moving much better than I definitely have in recent years,” he advised reporters. “I’m able to play more on my terms and quicker in the points.”

The pair meet on Saturday within the last of the tune-up occasion for the US Open, with the Grand Slam beginning on Monday. Reuters

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