Djokovic eases into Qatar quarter-finals


DOHA: Novak Djokovic breezed through to the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open on Wednesday, losing just four games in a comprehensive defeat of Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.

The World Number one triumphed 6-2, 6-2, in one hour nine minutes. It matched the score of his first round victory against Dustin Brown and means the Serb has spent just two hours on court in the first two rounds.

“Both of the matches went very well,” said the Serb immediately afterwards, adding he had put in a “very solid performance” on Wednesday.Ominously for his rivals, Djokovic looked already to be getting back
to his dominant form of 2015.

In warmer temperatures experienced in Doha than in the rest of the week — around 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) — Djokovic controlled the match from the very beginning.

He first broke Verdasco’s serve in the fourth game to 15 and was rarely troubled after that. The Serb squandered another break point just two games later but eventually closed out the set on Verdasco’s serve to go one up in just 31 minutes.Verdasco, the world number 49 who had beaten Djokovic four times in their 11 previous meetings, offered some resistance in the second set but only enough to delay the inevitable.

The Spaniard, who may have been feeling the effects of his first round victory less than 24 hours before, missed two break opportunities in the second set and was made to pay.

Djokovic, was watched on by coach Boris Becker, the first winner of the Qatar Open back in 1993.
It is not yet known who Djokovic’s third round opponent will be, but it was at that stage last year that he crashed out of the Qatar Open, losing to Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic.

Rafael Nadal plays his second round match later on Wednesday, against Robin Haase of the Netherlands.
Earlier Jeremy Chardy won an all-French clash beating compatriot Paul-Henri Mathieu6-2, 6-4.