Djokovic saves four set points, beats Coric for Vienna quarters

Novak Djokovic close to guaranteeing world No 1 ahead of Rafael Nadal with Vienna win

He will end 2020 as world number one as long as Rafael Nadal does not take a wild card as a late entry into the Sofia Open next month.

Djokovic can lock up the top position by winning the title on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic will nearly certainly finish the year at the top of the ATP world rankings for a joint-record sixth time after he claimed a hard-fought win over Borna Coric at the Vienna Open.

Djokovic, who is now 21-2 in tiebreaks since the start of last year's Wimbledon final against Roger Federer, inevitably raised his game again and an increasingly pressurised Coric double faulted when facing a break point at 1-1 in the second set. "In the second set, I stepped it up, I played better and I am just pleased with the way I finished the match".

Djokovic also has another target - beating Federer's all-time best of 310 weeks spent on top of the rankings. On Monday, Djokovic began his 292nd week in total as world number one.

Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam title victor, is playing his first tournament since his straight sets loss to Nadal in the Roland Garros final over two weeks ago.

"It's great. The hotel is good, the food is unbelievable, maybe the best of the year", said the world number six.

After a day off, Djokovic returns on Friday to face either Hubert Hurkacz or Lorenzo Sonego in the quarterfinals.

"Borna is a great fighter. The most important is to play good on the tennis court, so the organisation is very good". He has kind of similar style of tennis as I do. From the backhand corner [he's] very solid [and he is] trying to create points with his forehand. Krajinovic served for the first set at 5-4 and then held a set point in the tie-break but couldn't take advantage. "It was very hard for me to return his serve".

The Serb reached the quarter-finals after coming through against Coric 7-6 (13-11) 6-3.

Medvedev rolled Jason Jung 6-3, 6-1 while the Greek was pushed to three but prevailed over Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4.

With the third set tied at 1-1, Nitto ATP Finals champion Tsitsipas changed his footwear and subsequently broke serve, going on to record a 6-7 (7-3) 6-3 6-4 triumph.



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