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Novak Djokovic, Jonathan Erlich learn first round doubles opponents in Tel Aviv

Novak Djokovic and Jonathan Erlich will be taking on Sander Arends and Bart Stevens in their Tel Aviv Open doubles opener. Djokovic, 35, and 45-year-old Erlich are set to play doubles together for the third time. In 2010, Djokovic captured his first and lone doubles title when he teamed up with Erlich at the Queen’s Club.

A few months after their victorious run at the Queen’s Club – Djokovic and Erlich competed again together at the Shanghai Masters – where they suffered a round-of-16 defeat. 12 years have passed since Djokovic and Erlich made it all the way at the Queen’s Club.

Erlich, who is retiring from tennis after the Tel Aviv Open, asked Djokovic if he was willing to play doubles with him in his final tournament. Djokovic accepted the invitation and that’s why the Serb and the Israeli are playing together in Tel Aviv.

Djokovic gets some doubles action ahead of Tel Aviv

On Saturday, Djokovic teamed up with Matteo Berrettini at the Laver Cup. In their debut as a doubles team, Djokovic and Berrettini of Team Europe defeated Team World’s Alex de Minaur and Jack Sock 7-5 6-2.

Djokovic and Berrettini got off to a strong start to their match, taking an early break and a 3-0 lead. In the eighth game – when de Minaur and Sock were serving to stay in the first set – Djokovic and Berrettini missed out on a set point.

After failing to realize their first set point, Djokovic and Berrettini failed to serve out for the first set in the ninth game. But Djokovic and Berrettini kept their focus as they broke de Minaur and Sock again in the 12th game, when de Minaur and Sock were serving to stay in the first set.

After winning the first set, Djokovic and Berrettini broke de Minaur and Sock twice to complete a two-set win. Now, it will be interesting to see how Djokovic does with Erlich in Tel Aviv.

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