Serbian star Novak Djokovic began his week at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in impressive fashion, and will now look to further his campaign in his upcoming second round match-up against Andrey Golubev. This marks the fourth time that these two competitors will cross paths on the ATP World Tour, with Djokovic leading the head-to-head series 3-0.
The top seed earned his third straight victory over Canadian No. 2 Vasek Pospisil in his opening round match in Dubai, and did so with a straightforward 6-4, 6-4 score. The Serb converted 3 break points and withstood a late comeback from Pospisil to seal the match in 1 hour and 18 minutes.
“I’m still looking for that rhythm on the court,” said Djokovic. “But I managed to stay mentally tough. I was patient in rallies, I thought. As soon as we get through the rally, I have a better chance of winning. He’s a very flashy player, aggressive, goes after his shots.So hopefully the next match can be better.”
For just the second time this season, Andrey Golubev is through to the second round of an ATP World Tour event. He is 2-5 in main draw matches, and is currently in his sixth tournament of the season. He defeated Fabrice Martin 7-5 6-4 to set up a second round meeting with the world No. 1 and recent Grand Slam winner. Unfortunately, he is unlikely to break the cycle of early losses this time around.
This is the third time that Djokovic and Golubev will cross paths on the professional tour, with the Serbian star remaining undefeated at 3-0. His most recent win was at last year’s Wimbledon Championships, and prior to that was back in 2012 in a pair of hard court encounters. Djokovic will have a significant advantage over his opponent and will likely impose his will with relative ease.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Straight Sets