|Game||Novak Djokovic vs Philipp Kohlschreiber|
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 26, 2020, 12:00 PM (EST)|
Aviation Club Tennis Centre Dubai, UAE
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Novak Djokovic has made it through to the second round of the 2020 ATP Dubai Tennis Championship in the UAE. At this stage of the tournament, Djokovic will play against Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany.
Philipp Kohlschreiber enters this match having won his previous outing in 3 sets. It was a determined effort by Kohlschreiber as he lost the opening set but fought back strongly to win the final 2 sets and the match. During the win, Philipp Kohlschreiber impressed with his receiving as he won over 50% of his return points which allowed him to break his opponent’s serve on 6 occasions. While the receiving was strong, Philipp Kohlschreiber struggled with his serve as he lost 3 service games. Philipp Kohlschreiber must improve his serve if he wishes to compete with Djokovic.
Looking at Novak Djokovic, the Serbian superstar was dominant in his previous outing, Djokovic won his match in straight sets while only losing 3 games in the entire fixture. In the victory, Novak Djokovic won all of his service games and 4 return games. 2020 has been an outstanding season for Novak Djokovic as he remains unbeaten having won the ATP Cup and the Australian Open. Djokovic is looking in outstanding touch and that will make him very tough to stop.
Novak Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber have played each other 13 times in the past. Philipp Kohlschreiber has won twice while Novak Djokovic has won on 11 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2019 at Wimbledon where Novak Djokovic won in straight sets.
Philipp Kohlschreiber is a solid player but I don’t see him having the skill and intensity required to defeat Novak Djokovic. Djokovic has been in immense form in 2020 and I see him playing at a level where he looks unbeatable. Djokovic has easily defeated elite players like Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal and he seems to be playing at a different level when compared to the rest of the tour. I see Novak Djokovic winning this match in straight sets.