Novak Djokovic matches Rafael Nadal’s Masters 1000 record

Novak Djokovic played his 76th Masters 1000 semi-final in Paris

Novak Djokovic played his 76th Masters 1000 semi-final last week in Paris, matching Rafael Nadal’s record. Novak is now the favorite to finish with the most Masters 1000 semi-finals on his tally, looking good to reach 80 in 2024 if he keeps this form.
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On the other hand, Nadal slowed down in the last couple of seasons, notching only three Masters 1000 semi-finals since 2020 and losing the edge over Djokovic. Novak struggled for three matches in Paris, feeling stomach issues but overcoming them to secure the milestone 40th Masters 1000 crown at 36.

Djokovic kicked off the action against Tomas Martin Etcheverry and scored a 6-3, 6-2 victory. Struggling with stomach problems, Novak battled past Tallon Griekspoor in the third round, prevailing 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 after two hours and 39 minutes!

The Dutchman played well, taking the opening set and challenging the Serb in the second. Novak prevailed and secured a break in the decider to emerge at the top.

Novak Djokovic matched Rafael Nadal’s 76 Masters 1000 semi-finals.
In the repeat of last year’s Paris Masters final, Novak took down Holger Rune 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 after almost three hours, with two rivals embracing another thrilling clash.

Novak won the opener with a late break and created a match point on the return in the second set’s tenth game. Holger survived and claimed the set in the tiebreakto force a decider. Novak made a fresh start and brought the victory home with a single break.

Djokovic met Andrey Rublev in the semi-final and endured another marathon, prevailing 5-7, 7-6, 7-5 in three hours and one minute. Andrey broke in the opener’s closing stages to win it 7-5 and gain a boost. Djokovic served well from set number two, keeping the pressure on the other side.

Novak secured the tiebreak and broke Andrey late in the final set for a place in the final. The Serb felt better on the court, embracing three challenging wins in almost nine hours but preserving energy. Djokovic chased his 40th Masters 1000 title against Grigor Dimitrov, scoring a 6-4, 6-3 victory and securing a milestone.

Novak never faced a break point, keeping the pressure on the other side. Dimitrov lost serve once in the opener and cracked in the second, getting broken two times and sending Djokovic over the top.


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