Novak Djokovic hammered Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday to win his 15th match of the season and earn a place in the semi-finals of the ATP Dubai tournament.

The five-time winner in the emirate improved his 2023 record to 15-0 – his fourth-best start to a season; his best was 41-0 in 2011.

The world No. 1 with 93 career titles – including 22 Grand Slams – handed former Wimbledon semi-finalist Hurkacz of Poland a fifth loss in their series.

“It was a challenge as usual against a very loveable guy,” Djokovic said. ”Until the 11th game of the second set, i didn’t have chances on his serve.

“He was winning his serve comfortably.

“But I found rhythm on my own serve, one or two points always decades matches like this.

“I’m really glad how I played under pressure.”

 Djokovic needed 36 minutes to secure the first set but found it tougher going in the second.

The Serb levelled at 5-5, coming from 0-30 down and broke with a backhand winner down the line for 6-5 after a game of five deuces and lasting for nearly 10 minutes.

Djokovic wrapped it up a game later to reach the semis with a service winner on the first of three match points with 83 minutes gone.

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