Novak Djokovic demolishes Marsel Ilhan in Dubai Championship quarter-finals
Last Updated: 26/02/15 5:36pm
Novak Djokovic was barely troubled as he booked his place in the Dubai Championship semi-finals with a 6-1 6-1 win over Marsel Ilhan.
The world no 1 totally outclassed the Turkish qualifier, completing victory in under an hour to set up a semi-final clash with fourth seed Tomas Berdych.
Returning from his Australian Open triumph, Djokovic is yet to drop a set in this tournament and he seized an early break with a slashing forehand pass.
Ilhan ousted sixth seed Fernando Verdasco in the previous round, but was unable to gain a foothold against the Serb, overhitting a forehand to concede another break.
There were sympathetic cheers when Turkey’s no 1 finally got off the mark in the first set, but Djokovic quickly served himself into a 1-0 lead.
Ilhan raised brief hopes of a fightback when he held break points at 1-0 up in the second, prompting a gritty response from Djokovic, who repelled a number of attempts to steal his serve.
A trainer was called to administer treatment to Ilhan’s back, but he continued to wilt under Djokovic’s relentless returns and his quickfire defeat was sealed by a forehand into the net.