Their first meeting. The scoreline more balanced than the progress. Djokovic  led *5:3 (30/15) in 1st & 5:2* (match point at adv.) in 2nd set before taking the tie-break 7/1. Similarly to the Madrid quarterfinal a week ago, Auger  was unable to play a backhand winner until the latter stages of the match. “I know Felix well. He’s been around the top of the men’s game for quite a few years,” Djokovic said of his worthy opponent. “He’s got a lethal serve, honestly… He’s hitting his spots in the box incredibly well with the serve, and it was not easy for me at all to return. He’s also returning well, he’s moving well. He’s a very complete player.” Djokovic’s win no. 999.
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