Novak Djokovic beats Mayer in a tricky match to face Berdych in Doha semifinal

Novak Djokovic was broken for the first time at the 2016 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, but he defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday.

Djokovic, the 2015 Doha quarter-finalist, converted five of his seven break point opportunities in a one-hour and 33-minute encounter. The top-seeded Serb surrendered serve twice but managed to regroup and advance into the last four.

DOHA, QATAR - JANUARY 7: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory after the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2016 mens single match between Novak Djokovic and Leonardo Mayer of Argentina at Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar on January 7, 2016. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR – JANUARY 7: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory after the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2016 mens single match between Novak Djokovic and Leonardo Mayer of Argentina at Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar on January 7, 2016. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

DOHA, QATAR - JANUARY 7: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory after the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2016 mens single match between Novak Djokovic and Leonardo Mayer of Argentina at Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar on January 7, 2016. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR – JANUARY 7: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory after the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2016 mens single match between Novak Djokovic and Leonardo Mayer of Argentina at Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar on January 7, 2016. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

“Mayer started better in both the first and second sets,” the world no.1 said. “He was going for his shots and he’s a very complete player. The second set was close. It could have gone either way, but I stayed tough and fought through it. It was a good test and I’m glad to get through in straight sets.”

Noe will face Berdych around 18hs CET on Friday.

source: novakdjokovic.com
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