Novak Djokovic battles past Vasek Pospisil to reach Tel Aviv Open semi-finals

It also means that Djokovic continues his incredible run when being matched up against Canadian opponents. The world No 7 has now won 30 of his 31 matches against players from the nation, with Felix Auger-Aliassime remaining his only Canadian conquerer.

For Pospisil, whose wait for his maiden career title goes on, the player ranked 141st in the world showed that even at 32 there is life in his legs yet and with more performances of that kind, he will soon taste some kind of success.

As for Djokovic, he will face Romain Safiuillin in the semi-finals after the Frenchman overcame Arthur Rinderknech in straight sets, prevailing 6-4, 6-1. Britain’s Liam Broady, Marin Cilic and Constant Lestienne await them on the other side of the draw.

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