Qatar Open: Djokovic ruthless in Doha opener as Karen Khachanov starts 2019 season on wrong foot

World number one, Novak Djokovic got his 2019 season up and running with an dominant performance against Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur in the first round of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha on Tuesday.

Djokovic needed just 55 minutes to make his statement, brushing aside the 26-year-old Bosnian 6-1, 6-2 to move into the second round.

“I tried to do everything right from the first moment, have a good focus and intensity and not allow my opponent to really feel like he has a chance to get back in the match and I was there basically every game, every point and I was happy the way that I was playing,” Djokovic said. “I’m happy I didn’t spend too much time on the court… I’m looking forward to continuing playing this way.”

The super Serb will have Hungary’s Márton Fucsovics, who defeated Marius Copil in straight sets, to contend with on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Russian sensation and reigning Paris Masters champion, Karen Khachanov failed to get his season off to a good start after narrowly falling to three-time Grand Slam champion, Stan Wawrinka.

Khachanov and Wawrinka kept play very competitive in the opening set, before Wawrinka edged the Russian in a first-set tiebreaker. The Burly Swiss would find the crucial break in the second set to seal a 7-6(7), 6-4 victory.

Stan Wawrinka came through against Karen Khachanov. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

“Today was a great match, a great level,” Wawrinka said. “I was happy with the off-season I did. I worked long and really hard, hard enough to know that sooner or later it will pay off. I’m feeling good physically. Tennis-wise, also. Today is the first match of a year against an in-form player, who won Paris last year… so I’m happy with the way I was playing today.”

Wawrinka, a former world number three, endured a dismal 2018, and will now look to build on his fresh momentum moving forward. He plays Nicolas Jarry next.

Meanwhile, second seed Dominic Thiem suffered a shock exit as he was beaten by France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 26 minutes.

World No.116, Ricardas Berankis, rallied excellently from a set down to stun world No 22, David Goffin 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) and advance to the second round. He will play Dušan Lajović next.

Show More

Adejoh Isaiah

Adejoh Isaiah is a geologist, who's deeply intrigued in sports journalism, with the game of tennis being a major interest. He has a lifelong dream of achieving Grand Slam glory and lives in hope of Jose Mourinho winning the Champions League again. In his free time, he loves to rove.

Related Articles


  1. Hey,
    lately I have finished preparing my ultimate tutorial:

    +++ [Beginner’s Guide] How To Make A Website From Scratch +++

    I would really apprecaite your feedback, so I can improve my craft.


    If you know someone who may benefit from reading it, I would be really grateful for sharing a link.

    Much love from Poland!

  2. Thanks so much for providing individuals with an exceptionally superb chance to read articles and blog posts from this web site. It can be very useful plus jam-packed with amusement for me personally and my office friends to search your web site minimum 3 times in a week to find out the new items you will have. Of course, I’m at all times fulfilled with the stunning knowledge served by you. Certain 4 tips in this posting are basically the best we have had.

  3. I simply needed to say thanks all over again. I do not know the things that I would’ve undertaken without these hints shared by you over such a problem. It had become a real alarming case for me, nevertheless being able to view a professional tactic you handled that took me to jump over delight. I am grateful for your support and then believe you really know what an amazing job you were carrying out educating the mediocre ones with the aid of your webpage. More than likely you haven’t met any of us.

  4. My husband and i ended up being absolutely excited when Peter managed to complete his researching out of the precious recommendations he came across from your own blog. It’s not at all simplistic to just be offering instructions that other people have been trying to sell. Therefore we acknowledge we’ve got the website owner to appreciate because of that. The entire illustrations you’ve made, the easy site navigation, the relationships your site help engender – it is many unbelievable, and it’s helping our son in addition to us feel that that content is satisfying, which is incredibly mandatory. Many thanks for all the pieces!

  5. I happen to be writing to let you be aware of of the brilliant encounter my wife’s girl obtained viewing your blog. She even learned a lot of pieces, not to mention how it is like to possess an excellent coaching mood to make others with no trouble completely grasp various tricky issues. You actually did more than her desires. Many thanks for presenting such valuable, healthy, educational not to mention unique guidance on the topic to Mary.

  6. My wife and i got really cheerful when John managed to complete his basic research through the entire precious recommendations he obtained through your web site. It is now and again perplexing to simply always be handing out concepts most people may have been making money from. So we consider we’ve got you to thank for this. Those illustrations you made, the straightforward blog navigation, the relationships you can help to engender – it’s mostly wonderful, and it’s really making our son in addition to our family recognize that that subject matter is awesome, which is especially important. Thank you for all!

  7. I actually wanted to construct a small word to express gratitude to you for all the marvelous concepts you are giving out on this website. My incredibly long internet research has at the end been recognized with good quality strategies to exchange with my close friends. I ‘d tell you that many of us site visitors are extremely fortunate to exist in a wonderful community with so many brilliant individuals with beneficial tips. I feel pretty lucky to have used your web page and look forward to many more thrilling times reading here. Thanks again for all the details.

  8. Thank you for every one of your labor on this blog. Kate really likes working on internet research and it’s simple to grasp why. Almost all notice all of the powerful manner you offer advantageous thoughts on this blog and even welcome participation from some other people on this subject matter and our own princess is certainly understanding a whole lot. Enjoy the rest of the new year. Your carrying out a very good job.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker