Tallon Grepes is still short against the absolute world top at the moment. That has been proven by the match in Dubai against Novak Djokovic. The number one in the world only allowed five games to the Nieuw-Venneper.
At the ATP tournament in Dubai, the Greek track started as number 39. That is his highest ranking ever. In the first set, the quality difference with Djokovic turned out to be a bit too big. The Serb was the boss of the Greek track on all fronts and soon gave the impression that a stunt was not possible. The first set therefore went 6-2 to Djokovic.
In the second set, Djokovic showed why he has been leading the world rankings for a long time. With five games in a row he took off like a spear. Greek track managed to grab three, but afterwards that was only a formality: 6-3.
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After the match, Djokovic still had warm words in store for the North Hollander. “He has a lot of firepower, a good serve and forehand. He tried to dictate the game. I did well because he is one of the players who has risen the most in the rankings recently. A new generation is coming, but I’m not afraid,” Djokovic ended with a wink.
From the Sand Scallop
Earlier in the day, Botic van de Zandschulp did reach the quarterfinals of the ATP tournament in Dubai. The Amstelvener defeated the Swede Mikael Ymer in three sets: 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Van de Zandschup will meet Russian Andrej Roeblev in the quarterfinals.