Novak’s Rolex Shanghai Masters draw:
- First round: Bye
- Second round: Denis Shapovalov
- Third round: John Isner, Lucas Pouille
- Quarter-finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Gael Monfils
- Semi-finals: Daniil Medvedev, Karen Khachanov
- Final: Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev
Novak is the 2019 Japan Open champion!
Novak beat John Millman 6-3 6-2 and won his first Japan Open title, his fourth title this year and his 76th career title.
Novak: “It was a fantastic week. I didn’t drop a set, I played really well. I felt great on the court, felt very welcomed by the Japanese people, off the court as well. Just overall, a great experience. I’m going to Shanghai with great confidence and hope I can finish the year in style.”
(via Zimbio, http://novakdjokovic.com/en/news/tennis/brilliant-novak-beats-millman-to-claim-japan-open-title/)
Novak beat David Goffin 6-3 6-4 and reached his first final in Tokyo.
Novak: “I’m very satisfied with the way I’ve been playing the whole week. It’s been a very positive week on the court, off the week as well. Hopefully I’ll be able to crown it tomorrow with a trophy.”
(via NovakIndiaFans on Twitter, https://www.atptour.com/en/news/djokovic-goffin-tokyo-2019-saturday)
Novak Djokovic – David Goffin (Head-to-Head)
Novak will face David Goffin in the semi finals in Tokyo on Saturday not before 3 PM local time (not before 8 AM CET).
The last time they played each other was at Wimbledon this year where Novak won in straight sets.
Novak beat Go Soeda 6-3 7-5 and reached the quarter finals in Tokyo.
Novak: “He made me work for my win today and the atmosphere was really good on the court. I enjoyed it. I think I played a pretty good tennis match. From the baseline, I was solid, aggressive when I needed to be and taking the ball early. I served very well until that game when I was serving for the match at 5-3. I made some double faults, I missed all my first serves, and allowed him to break back and come back into the match. But there were not too many negatives today, because I had chances constantly. I had match points at 5-4, but he just came up with some very good shots and fought hard and that’s why we give him credit. But from my side, I’m really pleased.”
(via NovakIndiaFans on Twitter, http://novakdjokovic.com/en/news/tennis/novak-into-tokyo-quarters/)
Novak Djokovic – Go Soeda (Head-to-Head)
Novak will face Go Soeda in the second round in Tokyo on Wednesday at about 3 PM local time (7 AM CET). It’ll be their first career encounter.
Novak beat Alexis Popyrin 6-4 6-2 and reached the second round in Tokyo.
(via NovakIndiaFans on Twitter)
Novak Djokovic – Alexei Popyrin (Head-to-Head)
Novak will face Alex Popyrin in the first round in Tokyo on Tuesday at about 3 PM local time (8 AM CET). It will be their first career encounter.
Novak visiting some sumo wrestlers in Tokyo
Novak: “It’s a great experience. I’ve never had this experience before. It’s one of the most popular sports in Japan. Speaking with my father yesterday on the phone I was telling him that I’m going to have an opportunity to meet sumo wrestlers. He and I were remembering many years ago at home [when] we used to watch Akebono [Tarō, who reached Yokozuna status], who was someone that we supported a lot.
It’s quite impressive to see also how flexible they are. I believe at the beginning they were demonstrating their flexibility. I didn’t think that they were that flexible considering it’s a heavyweight sport, but I see that they are paying a lot of attention to the mobility of their joints and the flexibility, which is of course what allows them to move around as agile as possible at their weight.”
(via djokernole on Twitter, https://www.atptour.com/en/news/djokovic-tokyo-2019-sumo-wrestling-feature)
After retiring in the fourth round of the US Open due to a shoulder injury, Novak’s competing in Tokyo this week.
Novak’s Rakuten Japan Open draw:
- First round: Alexei Popyrin
- Second round: Go Soeda
- Quarter-finals: Lucas Pouille, Hubert Hurkacz
- Semi-finals: David Goffin, Marin Cilic
- Final: Borna Coric, Benoit Paire, Taylor Fritz