Novak Djokovic survives scare to move into the quarter-finals in Doha
Novak Djokovic needed two hours and all three sets to beat Marton Fucsovics in Doha, but he is safely into the quarter-finals.
Hungarian Fucsovics claimed the first set but Djokovic stood firm to battle his way to a 4-6 6-4 6-1 success.
After the match, though, he was full of praise for his opponent.
“For the first two sets he was a better player,” admitted Djokovic.
“He played really well, smart, changing up the rhythm and the pace of the ball and moving me around.
“I was kind of in a corner and I had to find my way and fight my way through.”
Djokovic will now play Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia after the fifth-seeded earned his spot in the quarters by beating Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-4.
Elsewhere, Tomas Berdych beat eighth-seed Fernando Verdasco 4-6 6-3 7-5, and Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France who overcame Maximilian Marterer.
Marco Cecchinato is also through after Guido Pella retired injured.
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