Tel Aviv Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic eyes spot in Tel Aviv Open final, set to face Roman Safiullin in semifinal – Follow Djokovic vs Safiullin LIVE 

Tel Aviv Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic has extended his prime form in the Tel Aviv Open as he is now looking to enter the final of the ATP 250 event. The top seed defeated Vasek Pospisil in straight sets in the quarterfinal and faces unseeded Roman Safiullin in the semifinal. Safiullin meanwhile defeated Arthur Rinderknech in straight sets in his previous match. The match is scheduled to begin at 10.00 PM IST. Follow Tel Aviv Open LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN 

Tal Aviv Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic eyes spot in Tel Aviv Open final, set to face Roman Safiullin in semifinal – Follow Djokovic vs Safiullin LIVE 

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  • Novak Djokovic made a good return to the ATP Tour as he sailed past Pablo Andujar in straight sets 6-0, 6-3 in his first match at Israel.
  • In the second game, though Pospisil gave a good fight, the Serbian managed a straight set victory and is now looking to enter the final.
  • Djokovic is looking to improve his rankings before the end of the year as he had a tumultuous season so far. He was unable to participate in the Australian Open and US Open this year due to his non-vaccination status.
  • He won the Wimbledon title this year, but since the ranking points were not awarded in the tournament it didn’t help him anyway in securing his rankings at the World No.1.
  • His only hard court tournament this year was Dubai Tennis championships, where he crashed out in the quarterfinals against a lesser-known Jiri Vesely in straight sets.
  • He won his maiden title this year at the Italian Open by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. He continued that form into the French Open but bowed out from the quarterfinals after losing to Rafael Nadal.
  • Currently ranked as the World No.7, he is looking to improve his rankings before the end of the year.
Tal Aviv Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic eyes spot in Tel Aviv Open final, set to face Roman Safiullin in semifinal - Follow Djokovic vs Safiullin LIVE 
Tal Aviv Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic eyes spot in Tel Aviv Open final, set to face Roman Safiullin in semifinal – Follow Djokovic vs Safiullin LIVE
  • Roman Safiullin started the year by making it to the main draw at the Australian Open and bowed out from the first round after losing to Alex Molcan in straight sets.
  • He then made it to the semifinals at the Open 13. He entered the tournament as a qualifier and made it to the main draw where he defeated top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinal.
  • He however couldn’t surpass the challenge from third seed Felix Auger Aliassime in the semifinal and lost in straight sets.
  • In the Serbia Open, he reached the second round and withdrew from the tournament due to an injury.
  • He then couldn’t qualify for the main draw at the French Open as he lost in his first round at the qualifiers.
  • His also bowed out from the first round at the qualifiers in the US Open, where he was the sixth seed. He however lost in straight sets to unseeded Flavio Cobilli.
  • At the Tel Aviv Open, he defeated Hugo Grenier in three sets in the first round. In the next two rounds he had it easy as he sailed past Tomas Etcheverry and Arthur Rinderknech in straight sets to set up the semifinal clash with top seed Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic vs Safiullin Head-to-Head: Novak Djokovic and Roman Safiullin will meet each other for the first time in their career. Safiullin is currently ranked 104th in the world and Djokovic enters the upcoming contest as the overwhelming favourite. Safiullin last met a player inside the top 10 at the Open 13 earlier this year and defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas. He will look to take inspiration from that victory and will look to atleast give a tough fight against Djokovic who has been in a good touch.

Tal Aviv Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic eyes spot in Tel Aviv Open final, set to face Roman Safiullin in semifinal – Follow Djokovic vs Safiullin LIVE 

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