On Thursday, Novak Djokovic advanced to the doubles final of the Mallorca Championships, continuing his preparations for Wimbledon next week. Before seeking to capture his 20th Grand Slam singles championship at the All England Club, the world number one is enjoying some grass-court practice in Mallorca.
In their first event together, Djokovic and his Spanish partner Carlos Gomez-Herrera defeated third seeds Oliver Marach and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the final.
In an on-court interview following the match, Djokovic said, “I don’t think we expected to reach the finals. However, if we play well, we can return well, serve well, and I believe we have a good net game. Overall, everything just fell into place for us in the final few days. I’m ecstatic to have him on the court alongside me and to have reached our first final together.”
Djokovic will be aiming for his second doubles victory, having won the Queen’s doubles competition with Jonathan Erlich in 2010. In the final, he and Gomez-Herrera will face fourth-seeded Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez or second-seeded Philipp Oswald and Marcus Daniell.
In the singles event, top seed Daniil Medvedev survived a tense first set to upset Norway’s Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-1, and advance to the semi-finals.