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Great level for Novak throughout the entire week. I think that he even raised it a notch compared to AO.

Scored his 21st consecutive win today, Won the 5th Dubai title and 79th title overall. Good preparation for the sunshine double.
 

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Tsitsipas played pretty well. Excellent on serve. but Novak was just too strong. Great BHDTLs.

But Tsitsipas was sooooo bad on the challenges. 0/5, lol
 

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true legend
 

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Pretty much the same February as last year for Tsitsipas, title in Marseille and runner up in Dubai, losing the last match in straights. Djokovic looks to be the man to beat this year again, I was pretty annoyed by his dominance in 2015-16 but now I’ve come to appreciate it, he sets the bar high and forces other players to go for shots beyond their capacity. It’s easy to speak about how Tsitsipas imploded at the end of sets here, but same can be said for Nishikori and even Murray a few years ago, Djokovic applies pressure at the right moments and gets the easy win even without many spectacular winners.
 

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Djokovic far from his peak and after playing a grueling match the day before routining the best of Nextgen, and if Pas-Pas had had a lower first serve % it could have been a carnage, because Djokovic was totally overwhelming him in rallies.
 

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Another sluggish start from Djokovic with a lot of errors and mistimed shots. But after that BH passing shot out of nowhere to break in the first set he raised his level and was quite solid, too tough for Tsitsipas to break through.

Tsitsipas himself was pretty tame today though, he didn't necessarily play that badly but seemed to not have enough fire or intensity in important moments. Expected a bit more from him.
 

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Very high level from the Serb, 21 wins in a row now. He is doing what he needs to do, which is to max out on hard court, much like Nadal must max out on clay and Roger must max on the grass. Djokovic must keep this level into Indian Wells and Miami and he would like to win both ideally to achieve all his goals.

Now it is Rafa's turn to beat Fritz tonight and keep pace.

Djokovic- 10,220
Nadal- 9850

Those would be the numbers with a Nadal win tonight. 370 point lead for Djoker, who also loses 315 points less than Nadal in Indian Wells, so really Djokovic will walk into IW with a 685 point lead, 10,175 to 9490, which means that Nadal must win Indian Wells and Djoko must lose QF or earlier in order for Rafa to regain #1 after IW. Yes, very unlikely, so really Djokovic you can say has 284 weeks at #1 very close to certain.

In Miami, Djokovic has only 90 points to defend and Nadal has 0 to defend, so it may flip and flop back and forth

This is why this week was so important for Djokovic in Dubai. If he had lost to Monfils yesterday let's say, Djokovic would have only a 365 point lead over Rafa going into Indian Wells, something Nadal can best just by winning the event, even if Djoker lost in the finals

So this was a very big week for Djokovic to win, for total titles, for win streaks, for points, weeks at #1, the race for YE #1, all these things, Djokovic has continued to accomplish. Another stage passed, another checkpoint reached.
 

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I don't think Djoker even played that well, but he won easily. He is riding high. Tsitsi was winning just 17% of points on second serve at one point, wow. That is bad. He needs to improve that second serve. Djoker is piling on weeks at number one.
 

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Hopefully this ends the ‘Tsitsipas would have beaten Djokovic at AO’ myth. It would have been a straight sets affair as well, congrats Djokovic and his fans
 

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