2020 ATP Cup round robin – Djokovic d. Anderson 7-6(5), 7-6(6)
Djokovic started off the season on the hard courts playing the big server Kevin Anderson and he was forced into two tiebreaks. However, it’s the Serb who showed his quality in the deciders to start with a win over the 147th-ranked South African.
2020 ATP Cup round robin – Djokovic d. Monfils 6-3, 6-2
Djokovic outclassed then world No 9 Gael Monfils in this match, grabbing a quick 6-3, 6-2 win against the Frenchman. A break in the first secured the set, and the Serb won four straight games to grab the second to improve to 16-0 in his career against Monfils.
2020 ATP Cup round robin – Djokovic d. Garin 6-3, 6-3
Another straight-set victory, this time against the world No 33 Chilean Cristian Garin, wrapped up the round robin of the ATP Cup. Djokovic advanced undefeated and without losing a set.
2020 ATP Cup quarter-final – Djokovic d. Shapovalov 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4)
Denis Shapovalov was the first to give Novak trouble, with the young, hard-hitting Canadian southpaw winning the first set and forcing a tiebreak in the third. In the end, it was Djokovic who came out on top over the world No 14.
2020 ATP Cup semi-final – Djokovic d. Medvedev 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
Another three-setter, as this time it was against the 2019 US Open finalist and the fifth-ranked player in the world Daniil Medvedev. Djokovic bounced back against the Russian after allowing the late break in the second to book a final match-up.
2020 ATP Cup final – Djokovic d. Nadal 6-2, 7-6(4)
Djokovic led Serbia to the ATP Cup title, defeating then-world No 1 Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the final after having to go three in the previous knockout matches to prevail for team Serbia in the collective competition.
Australian Open first round – Djokovic d. Struff 7-6(5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
The first round was one of the closer matches at the Australian Open for Djokovic up until the final. Jan-Lennard Struff forced a tiebreak and took a set from the reigning champ, but that was not enough for the German, who was ranked No 37 in the world at the time.
Australian Open second round – Djokovic d. Ito 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
The second round saw a more normal early-round result for Djokovic. He knocked off the world No 146 Japanese Tatsuma Ito, who entered the draw as a wildcard, swiftly in 96 minutes.
Australian Open third round – Djokovic d. Nishioka 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
Another Japanese player awaited but it was more of the same for Novak, who secured another straight-set victory over the left-handed world No 71 Yoshihito Nishioka, this time in 87 minutes.
Australian Open fourth round – Djokovic d. Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
The 14th seed Diego Schwartzman was the first seeded player Djokovic faced in his draw at Melbourne. Novak managed the victory against the world No 14 Argentinian with the margin of a break in each set to advance.
Australian Open quarter-final – Djokovic d. Raonic 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(1)
The Canadian big server Milos Raonic gave Novak a run for his money, but it was a lone important break in the first and the second that set the tone for Djokovic’s win over the world No 35.
Australian Open semi-final – Djokovic d. Federer 7-6(1), 6-4, 6-3
The two legends meet again in a Grand Slam after their scintillating Wimbledon final in 2019. After falling behind 5-1 in the first set, Djokovic turned it on against the world No 3 Roger Federer by erasing the deficit and then clinching the straight-set win.
Australian Open final – Djokovic d. Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
World No 5 Dominic Thiem pushed Djokovic to the absolute brink in this match, snatching two sets from the then 16-time Grand Slam winner. However, history repeated itself as Novak hung on after finding crucial breaks against the Austrian for his 17th major, and his record eighth title in Australia.
Dubai Open first round – Djokovic d. Jaziri 6-1, 6-2
After taking three weeks off, Djokovic returned in form by blitzing the world No 260 Tunisian wildcard Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2.
Dubai Open second round – Djokovic d. Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-1
More of the same, this time against a more experienced opponent in the top 100 of the rankings. A straight-set win against seasoned German Philipp Kohlschreiber advanced Djokovic into the quarters.
Dubai Open quarter-final – Djokovic d. Khachanov 6-2, 6-2
The first seed Djokovic faced in the tournament — seventh seed Karen Khachanov —did not provide a lot of competitiveness at all, as the Serb blew past the Russian, ranked 17th in the world, with ease.
Dubai Open semi-final – Djokovic d. Monfils 2-6, 7-6(8), 6-1
Things got close this time against Monfils. The Frenchman had three match points in the second set tiebreak, but failed to convert any of them. He lost steam toward the third and Djokovic finished the comeback. After losing to Novak for the 17th time in his career, Monfils said “I can’t beat you my friend, but always a big pleasure to play against you. You are a big champion in many ways and you showed it again tonight,” on his social media.
Dubai Open final – Djokovic d. Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4
Djokovic’s second title of the year came against another young gun in world No 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas. He found late breaks in both sets to knock off the Greek for the victory. It was after this match when he revealed his ambitions to go undefeated in 2020 and that he’s definitely not kidding.
Cincinnati Masters second round – Djokovic d. Berankis 7-6(2), 6-4
After a six-month hiatus in competitive play and the Adria Tour controversy, Djokovic made his comeback in New York City. Not the cleanest of wins but the 4-3 advantage in breaks carried him to a win against Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis.
Cincinnati Masters third round – Djokovic d. Sandgren 6-2, 6-4
In the 1100th official match of his career, Djokovic took down world No 55 wildcard Tennys Sandgren in straight sets to pick up his form.
Cincinnati Masters quarter-final – Djokovic d. Struff 6-3, 6-1
Second matchup against Struff was definitely less competitive, as Djokovic prevailed with way less drama this time round against the German by winning in straight sets.
Cincinnati Masters semi-final – Djokovic d. Bautista Agut 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(0)
Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut was the first to take a set from the world No 1 at the Western & Southern Open, forcing him to dig deep for a comeback that ended in a whitewash tiebreak in the third against the world No 12.
Cincinnati Masters final – Djokovic d. Raonic 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
Djokovic secured his third title of the season against Raonic, who was in hot form at Cincinnati with his big serves and took a lopsided set from Novak. However, he was able to secure another comeback victory at the end.
US Open first round – Djokovic d. Dzumhur 6-1, 6-4, 6-1
Heading into the tournament as a favorite, Djokovic took just short of two hours to secure his round one win in straight sets against world No 109 Damir Dzumhur.
US Open second round – Djokovic d. Edmund 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
Briton Kyle Edmund was the only man to take a set from Djokovic this tournament, eking out the tiebreak in the first but Novak turned it on against the world No 44 to advance.
US Open third round – Djokovic d. Struff 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
Third time was not the charm for Struff, as he became the player who took the most losses from the world No 1 in this shortened season with a straight-set loss. Djokovic will lose his first match after that in a controversial default against Pablo Carreno Busta.
Italian Open second round – Djokovic d. Caruso 6-3, 6-2
After an inglorious exit from the US Open, Djokovic is back with a vengeance in Rome, his only preparatory tournament before Roland-Garros. Italian wildcard Salvatore Caruso was his first victim.
TENNIS : ATP Masters 1000 - Open d Italie - 18/09/2020
Djokovic found himself tested in the first set of his second-round clash with Filip Krajinovic, who took him to a tie-break. But the top seed prevailed, 7-6(7), 6-3.
Italian Open quarter-final – Djokovic d. Koepfer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
The match against Dominik Koepfer saw Djokovic drop his lone set in the tournament. The world No 97 wildcard was impressive throughout the tournament, taking down Gael Monfils and the hometown hero in Lorenzo Musetti, but Novak still proved to be too much for the German.
Italian Open semi-final – Djokovic d. Ruud 7-5, 6-3
Another marathon match for Djokovic on clay but hey, at least he was getting all the reps he needed before the French Open. This time, it took Novak two hours and 10 minutes to fend off another surprise player in Norwegian Casper Ruud.
Italian Open final – Djokovic d. Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3
Schwartzman again for Novak and he had to come back from down 3-0 in the first. However, Djokovic secured late breaks in each set to put away Schwartzman, who defeated Nadal earlier in the tournament, for his fourth title of the year.
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Djokovic began his Roland-Garros campaign with a straight-sets win over Mikael Ymer of Sweden, dropping only five games.
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He followed that up with an equally comprehensive win over Ricardas Berankis
And it was just five more games dropped in the third round, this time against Daniel Elani Galan in a rain-drenched third-round encounter.
TENNIS : Internationaux de France - Roland Garros 2020 - Paris - 05/10/2020
Fifteenth seed Karen Khachanov was expected to give Djokovic a much tougher ride, but it turned out to be another straight-sets cruise in the fourth round - 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
TENNIS : Roland Garros 2020 - 07/10/2020
It was a familiar foe for Djokovic in the quarter-final, when he faced Pablo Carreno Busta, the man he was playing when he defaulted from the US Open. It was a physical challenge but still a win - 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.