So the current World Number 1 star in the tennis world, Novak Djokovic has secured his place in another final on Saturday after hethrashed David Goffin 6-3, 6-4. In the final of the Japan Open, Djokovic will go head to head with the Australian qualifier John Millman, who squeezed past American opponent Reilly Opelka 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), after a well fought match. Moreover,the Serbian star dominated his semi-final match after he started pretty strong by winning the first three games, picking up an early break while fending off fierce attempts by the Belgian to fight back, but as you know it is very hard to stray of a man like Djokovic, his consistency is impeccable.
He then picked up an early break in the second set, and survived all the four break points throughout the match. He later said in a press conference that “I think we both served extremely well and precise, not too much chance for returners, even though it was a two-set win, the quality of tennis was quite high.”. At this point it is worth noting that the Serbian star won points on approximately 87 percent of his successful first serves and did not commit a double fault in the roughly 90-minute contest.
Goffin fought bravely and tried his best to level with the current number 1, However, Djokovic kept up the pressure with deep shots and quick footwork to fend off any threat posed by the Belgian. “I trained with ninjas before this tournament,” Djokovic quipped, when asked about his apparent omnipresence on the court, during a post-match interview in front of cheering Japanese fans. He further added that “This has been a wonderful week for me on and off the court.Hopefully I will be able to crown this week with a trophy tomorrow.”
In the final, he will face the 80th-ranked Millman, who is making his first career appearance in the final of an ATP 500 event, he will be looking to win his first ever major title but he will have to beat the very best to achieve that feat. Millman predicted “a lot of baseline exchanges” with “one of the greatest players” of all time. It will be a physical battle. I will probably be the underdog, coming through qualifying. I know back home in Australia, we all like underdogs,” he said, “I hope to bring my best tennis, a physical brand of tennis, and really just give it all for one more match. That´s all I want to do.”