Gael Monfils vs. Novak Djokovic - 2020 Dubai Open Semi-Final
Friday, February 28 2020
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Novak Djokovic meets Gael Monfils in the semifinals of the 2020 Dubai Open. Will Monfils finally get his first victory over Djokovic, or will Djokovic get his 17th over Monfils?
Gael Monfils has not lost a set this tournament as he looks to go further than the semifinals this year which he was not able to do last year. Monfils has been playing some inspired tennis, he has understood that winning is very important and more important than entertaining the crowd. Monfils is such a talented player, he is extremely powerful and he is an amazing defender. Monfils makes his opponents overplay as they know he will run down everything and if their shot is not perfect, then it will be returned.
Novak Djokovic came through an easy workout when he beat young Russian, Karen Khachanov, in straight sets. Djokovic is the best returner in the game and he knows how to win against every single player. Djokovic has so much experience and his ability to move opponents around the court is so great that it is hard to see anyone taking the world No.1 spot away from him. Djokovic wants to win his 5th title here in Dubai and if he plays like he did against Khachanov, it is going to be hard for anyone to beat him.
This is going to be the 17th meeting between both players, and Djokovic has never lost to Monfils. Djokovic has won all 16 prior matches and this is going to be a big factor for confidence in this match. Monfils will come in knowing he has never beaten Djokovic, and he will know that when they last played a month ago, Djokovic destroyed him. Djokovic will come out and claim his 17th victory against Monfils as he cannot compete with the Serb.
Novak Djokovic to win.