On Friday in London, Novak Djokovic battled back from an early 4-2 deficit to beat Adrian Mannarino in straight sets, reach the semifinals of the Fever-Tree Championships—and get a milestone, 800th career match win.
Fresh off defeating No. 2 seed Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday, Djokovic—a 12-time Grand Slam champion wild card into this event—got off to somewhat of a slow start against Mannarino, getting broken in his second service game at 1-all and eventually finding himself down 4-2. But he buckled down from there and ended up winning 11 of the last 13 games of the match to prevail, 7-5 6-1, after an hour and 18 minutes.
“Mannarino is a tricky player on grass. His ball stays very low, he doesn’t make many mistakes, he has a great wide serve, and he just anticipates the ball really well on grass,” Djokovic said afterwards.
“I got used to his pace and his shots after five or six games, and I started feeling more comfortable returning and playing the rallies with him. Getting the first set under my belt was obviously a relief.”
Djokovic is now 3-0 in his career against Mannarino, and an also flawless 8-0 in sets.
Despite getting broken early on in their match on Friday, Djokovic has still been excellent on serve this tournament, holding 25 of his 26 service games (he was 16 for 16 coming into this match).
WATCH—Djokovic completes his 799th career win, against Grigor Dimitrov:
The former world No. 1’s win on also made him just the 10th man in the Open Era to reach 800 career match wins on the ATP World Tour:
1. Jimmy Connors (1,256)
2. Roger Federer (who earned his 1,156th win in Halle on Friday)
3. Ivan Lendl (1,068)
4. Guillermo Vilas (949)
5. Rafael Nadal (903)
6. John McEnroe (881)
7. Andre Agassi (870)
8. Ilie Nastase (846)
9. Stefan Edberg (801)
10. Novak Djokovic (800)
Djokovic’s overall career win-loss record is 800-171 (.824).
Awaiting Djokovic in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour 500-level grass court event will be either France’s Jeremy Chardy or American Frances Tiafoe, who played the last quarterfinal of the day.
Awaiting Djokovic in the semifinals will be France’s Jeremy Chardy, who held all 10 of his service games—fighting off all nine break points he faced—to get past American Frances Tiafoe, 6-4 6-4.
Djokovic is 10-0 against Chardy and 24-0 in sets (only one set has even gone to a tie-break).
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