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Djokovic Breezes Into Dubai QFs; Closes On 550 Match Wins

Dubai, U.A.E.

Djokovic© AFP/Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic is one match win shy of 550 career victories.

Novak Djokovic moved one step closer to a semi-final clash against Roger Federer on Wednesday at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Top seed and four-time champion Djokovic cruised into the quarter-finals with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut in 55 minutes. 

Should Djokovic beat 2007 and 2010 runner-up Mikhail Youzhny, who defeated wild card James Ward 6-1, 7-6(3) earlier in the day, he will record the 550th victory of his career (549-133).

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Looking ahead to his match against Youzhny, Djokovic admitted, “Mikhail has been around for a long time, and he has one of the nicest and most efficient one handed backhands on the tour. It seems a little bit unorthodox the way he holds his racquet, then [he] releases with two hands and in the end with one hand. But he's a very talented player.”

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Djokovic swept through the first set in 23 minutes, winning 88 per cent of his first service points and hitting 12 winners past Bautista Agut in the pair’s second meeting at the ATP World Tour 500 tennis tournament. Djokovic had his serve broken at 5-2 in the second set, but soon wrapped up his 30th match win at the Aviation Club.

When asked about his coaching partnership with Boris Becker, Djokovic said, “Whatever he's trying to work on he discusses with all of us, and, of course, we all have a big respect for Boris. I'm really glad that he's in the team, and I feel like he can contribute in a positive way to my game and to my mental approach on the court.”

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