Novak Djokovic advanced to his 12th straight quarterfinal in Dubai after a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Karen Khachanov in one hour and 38 minutes. Novak skipped the Australian Open and this was his second match in 2022. The Serb defeated the Russian for the fifth time in six meetings.
She made the difference on the first serve and saved three of four break chances to keep the pressure on the other side. Karen lost serve twice and raised her level from the latter part of the second set to challenge world no.
1 and reaches a tiebreaker, only to lose it 7-2. The Serb unleashed strong serves from the first game and fired a serve winner to put his name on the scoreboard. Karen responded with an unreturned serve in the second game to level the score at 1-1.
A five-time winner from Dubai held at 30 in the third game and took a break after Khachanov’s poor challenge in the next to carve out a 3-1 lead.
Novak Djokovic reached his twelfth straight quarterfinal in Dubai.
The Serb grabbed game five with a forehand winner, looking very strong on the court.
Karen stayed within a break deficit on a 30-hold in game six, but was powerless on the return as Novak opened a 5-2 gap on a booming serve. The Russian fired a forehand winner to take game eight before the Serb forced the opponent’s error at 5-3 to close out the first set on 32 minutes.
Barely missing a point behind the opening shot in the first set, Djokovic faced deuce in the second game of the second set and closed it out with his second ace for 1-1. Novak broke Karen in the third game with deep, accurate balls and drove to the finish line.
Facing a definitive test in the fourth game, world no. 1 fended off three break points with powerful serves and brought it home to stay in front. Karen raised her level in those moments and produced two love grabs to build momentum.
Khachanov pulled back in game eight with a forehand down the line winner to level the score at 4-4. The Russian saved two break points in game nine with game winners and made an essential hold after three deuces to win three straight games and move into the lead.
Khachanov remained in love in game 11 and expected something more in the return in the next. Novak served to stay in the set for the second time at 5-6 and produced ice-cold play, closing it out with an ace to introduce a tiebreaker.
Djokovic claimed a fantastic move at 3-2 to extend the lead, and Khachanov made a backhand error in the next one to ruin his chances. Novak put up an incredible comeback at 6-2 to seal the deal and advance to the last eight without playing a decider.