Novak beat Lucas Pouille 6-1 6-2 and reached the semi finals in Tokyo.
Novak: “It was definitely one of the best matches I’ve played this year. Best one of this week and it came at the right time. Lucas was playing really well the first couple of matches in this tournament. I saw him play a couple of days ago against Nishioka and he was playing really well. I took away the time from him. I served well, served many aces, returned a lot of his serves back and just used every opportunity to come in. Just overall, a really flawless performance.”
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Novak beat Go Soeda 6-3 7-5 and reached the quarter finals in Tokyo.
Novak: “He made me work for my win today and the atmosphere was really good on the court. I enjoyed it. I think I played a pretty good tennis match. From the baseline, I was solid, aggressive when I needed to be and taking the ball early. I served very well until that game when I was serving for the match at 5-3. I made some double faults, I missed all my first serves, and allowed him to break back and come back into the match. But there were not too many negatives today, because I had chances constantly. I had match points at 5-4, but he just came up with some very good shots and fought hard and that’s why we give him credit. But from my side, I’m really pleased.”
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Novak beat Alexis Popyrin 6-4 6-2 and reached the second round in Tokyo.
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