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- - Next up for Djokovic is a mouth-watering quarter-final against compatriot Janko Tipsarevic. Full draw
- - DJOKOVIC 7-6 6-3 – MATCH! Djokovic closes out the contest with a hold to love, and finishes with an ace down the middle. Stakhovsky pushed him all the way, but the result is the one we expected. Djokovic through!
- - DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-3 – BREAK! Far from plain sailing, but Djokovic steps up at just the right time with some powerful returns and takes a 0-30 lead. He looks to have the next point sewn up too, only to find the net with the court at his mercy! Fist pump from Stakhovsky, followed by an ace to level at 30-30, but Djokovic forces him to net a drop volley to produce a virtual match point – and Stakhovsky obliges by serving a double fault. Djokovic to serve for the match now.
- - DJOKOVIC 7-6 4-3 – Djokovic edges ahead at 30-15 but he’s being put under real pressure to and that perhaps manifests itself in a double fault to let Stakhovsky to level things at 30-30. The world number one has the Ukrainian scrambling from one side of the court to the other to nose in front, and seals the hold which puts him just two games from the quarter-finals.
- - DJOKOVIC 7-6 3-3 – BREAK! Djokovic ups the standard, and suddenly Stakhovsky finds himself on the back foot – two break points earned, and he almost takes the first, only just overhitting his lob with the Ukrainian stranded at the net. But the next time he gets it spot on, and pastes a backhand out of Stakhovsky’s reach. Back on serve in this one.
- - DJOKOVIC 7-6 2-3 – Comfortable hold from the world number one, but he still looks distracted. He is unbeaten in 2012, and three-times a champion here in Dubai – and he wasn’t expecting this test.
- - DJOKOVIC 7-6 1-3 – No sign of a drop in standard from Stakhovsky – the world number 74 holds to 30 as Djokovic struggles to put him under pressure. Interesting match stat – Stakhovsky has now won 56 points in this match to Djokovic’s 54.
- - DJOKOVIC 7-6 1-2 – BREAK! We have a first break of serve in the match – and it comes from the Ukrainian, who pounces on a couple of Djokovic errors and continues to hit away with purpose. He’s not going away, and the Serbian has plenty of work still to do.
- - DJOKOVIC 7-6 1-1 – Terrific from Stakhovsky, who gives Djokovic the runaround with a drop shot and lob combination. Stakhovksy salutes the crowd after that, and eases into a 40-0 lead, only for the world number one to hit a winner of his own. But the Ukrainian holds in comfort.
- - DJOKOVIC 7-6 1-0 – Change of clothing-watch – new white shirt for Stakhovsky, and Djokovic ditches his cap as the sun descends in Dubai. There’s more of the Stakhovsky inspiration in the form of a dipping pass on the backhand, but it’s the world number one who takes the game, holding to thirty.
- - Djokovic pushed all the way there, but managed to take the set. With that in the bag, has his opponent got anything left?
- - DJOKOVIC 7-6 (7-5) - SET! Stakhovsky nudges ahead again when he outlasts the world number one in a lengthy rally with some good, deep hitting, only to surrender that mini-break with a clumsy backhand into the net, and he does it again to hand Djokovic the advantage on serve at 5-4. But Stakhovsky hits back with a super return to make it 5-5. Djokovic aces to bring up the first set point, and wins it when the Ukrainian fires long!
- - DJOKOVIC 6-6 (3-3) - Mini-break for Stakhovsky early when Djokovic pops a backhand into the net. Djokovic wipes that out with a backhand passing shot which was out of the top drawer. All square at the change of ends.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-6 – In theory it was one last chance for Stakhovsky to break in this set. In practice it was Djokovic dominating, winning a long rally with a classy volley at the net to take a 40-0 lead, and earning the tie-break when correctly challenging a Stakhovsky groundstroke which had gone out of play but not been spotted.
- - DJOKOVIC 5-6 – Stakhovsky pegged back to 30-30 after a curious drop volley, and then to deuce after the Serbian hits a return deep which forces Stakhovsky to hit into the net. Djokovic still doesn’t look particularly settled out there, but earns a break point after a return off the frame catches the line. The Ukrainian saves the break point, and nails an overhead to bring up game point of his own. He’s come through a tricky game, and will have a tie-break at worst for the first set.
- - DJOKOVIC 5-5 – There were chances for Stakhovsky in that encounter, but the defending champion came through to hold to thirty. Djokovic looking a little agitated, however; he’s getting a perhaps unexpected test from an opponent who’s never beaten a top 10 player.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-5 – A shake of the head from Djokovic as Stakhovsky blasts yet another forehand right into the corner. Stakhovsky doing a superb job in this first set, and shows no signs of nerves to hold to love. Djokovic must serve to stay in the set.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-4 – Stakhovsky surprises Djokovic with a drop shot – tidily done, and the Serbian cannot get it back in play. Half a chance opens up for the world number 74 at 15-30, but he overhits an approach and it goes out. No matter – a powerful forehand brings up break point, and Djokovic responds with one ace down the middle, and then another out wide. That’s a champion’s response to some probing questions from the Ukrainian.
- - DJOKOVIC 3-4 – Super ace down the middle – Stakhovsky’s third – and then a fourth follows. The value of those aces shows when Djokovic blasts a return winner across the court to make it 40-30. Despite getting the scores back to deuce, Djokovic is denied again, with Stakhovsky’s serve and volley style paying dividends.
- - DJOKOVIC 3-3 – No struggles from Djokovic. He’s holding serve with ease at the moment – the question is whether Stakhovsky will be able to hold his nerve as we go deeper into the set.
- - A note from the other court - Tipsarevic has beaten Cipolla in three sets. That means he will play the winner of this match. Result
- - DJOKOVIC 2-3 – Teasing drop shot falls just a little short from Djokovic, and that allows his Ukrainian opponent to move into a 30-0 lead. Stakhovsky raises game point with an athletic overhead and seals it with a fabulous crosscourt backhand. The Ukrainian certainly has all the shots – but he’ll need to keep up this standard against the tour’s ultimate competitor.
- - DJOKOVIC 2-2 – Stakhovsky picks up his first point against the Djkovic serve, and then another with a vicious forehand from mid-court to reach 30-30. Djokovic edges back ahead, coming to the net and hitting a deft backhand volley before closing out the game with a service winner.
- - DJOKOVIC 1-2 – Stakhovsky impressing behind the serve and volley, but even then Djokovic pushing him hard. The Kazakh comes through from deuce once again to keep his nose in front in the first set.
- - DJOKOVIC 1-1 – No-nonsense start to the set from Djokovic, holding serve to love, including a biffing ace down the middle. Stakhovsky nowhere near the Serbian in that game.
- - DJOKOVIC 0-1 – Stakhovsky serves first, and begins well, with a punchy opening winner. Djokovic not making life easy for him, though, and the world number one even has time to make one fan’s day when his racket loses tension and he passes it up to a fan. On court the Serbian looks strong, hitting a super lob to force deuce, but the Ukrainian finds his way through to hold.
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- - Awaiting the winner of this one is the winner of the match between Flavio Cipolla and Janko Tipsarevic. That's gone into a third set, but we could be set for an all-Serbian quarter-final. Latest scores
- - Two meetings between the duo. One player has won them both. That player isn't Stakhovsky.
- - Stakhovsky is the world number 74, and has been as high as 31 in the world. He crashed past local hope Omar Awadhy 6-1 6-2 in the opening round. Full draw here
- - It's going to be a big ask for Stakhovsky in this one - Djokovic is world number one, has won the last three Grand Slams, and he's won the last three titles in Dubai.
- - Good afternoon and welcome to live text comentary of Novak Djokovic's second-round clash with Sergiy Stakhovsky in Dubai.
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