The 12-time Grand Slam champion ended 2017 early after retiring from his quarter-final match against Tomas Berdych at the All England Club but he is stepping up his comeback for the new season at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi.
His semi-final opponent will be the Spanish world No. 20, who beat talented youngster Andrey Rublev 7-5 6-2.
Should Djokovic beat the 29-year-old he will go on to face either Dominic Thiem or Kevin Anderson, who beat Pablo Carreno-Busta in the other quarter-final earlier on Thursday.
US Open runner-up Anderson won 6-3 7-6 (7-2) to set up a tie with world No. 5 Thiem, who like Djokovic had a bye into the last-four.
Djokovic is guaranteed two matches in Abu Dhabi. Should he lose, he will play in a third-place play-off match against the loser of Thiem v Anderson.
Following the weekend’s action, he will then look to defend his Qatar Open title in Doha before travelling to Melbourne for the Australian Open.
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