Stefanos Tsitsipas received two of his first three ATP Head2Head matchups towards Novak Djokovic, however the Serbian has owned their rivalry since then, profitable seven straight matches. Djokovic will now put that streak — and two others — on the road when he meets the Greek in Saturday’s Rolex Paris Masters semi-finals.
Djokovic is the underdog by seeding in Bercy, however not by type. The sixth seed carries twin 12-match win streaks into the semis, each general and on the ATP Masters 1000 occasion, the place he has received titles in his previous two appearances in 2019 and 2021. He has not dropped a set this week, cruising previous Maxime Cressy, Karen Khachanov and Lorenzo Musetti as he appears to win his third straight ATP Tour trophy after triumphs in Tel Aviv and Astana.
“Nobody is unbeatable, however I’ve had loads of success on this courtroom and I feel each single 12 months that I come again, the arrogance stage is increased,” the six-time champion stated after reaching his eighth semi-final on the occasion. “I identical to the circumstances, although they’re totally different from final 12 months. I feel I adjusted very properly. Proper from the beginning I used to be actually enjoying my greatest tennis within the first match and I continued doing that. Hopefully I can’t derail myself and can preserve getting in the identical course.”
Djokovic was particulaly dominant off his forehand wing towards Musetti, firing eight winners in a 6-0, 6-3 victory. He acquired a forehand Shot High quality grade of 9.2 out of 10 for the match. (Be taught extra about Shot High quality.)
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Tsitsipas additionally brings an ideal 6-0 set report into the semis following wins towards Daniel Evans, Corentin Moutet and Tommy Paul. The fifth seed is in search of his third ultimate in 4 occasions after reaching the title matches in Astana and Stockholm. He dropped a 6-3, 6-4 resolution to Djokovic within the Astana ultimate and has not overwhelmed the Serbian since 2019.
Requested how he would snap his dropping streak towards the Serbian, Tsitsipas stated that he would combat the urge to overplay towards the person who spent a report 373 weeks as World No. 1 throughout his profession.
“I would like to point out the identical consistency,” he stated. “I’ve weapons that I can use. However prior to now I really feel I’ve used an excessive amount of spin or energy. It’s vital that I keep at a medium stage and never overdo it. It will likely be a bodily match and I might want to transfer properly.”
The 24-year-old, who leads the ATP Tour with 60 wins this season, has an out of doors likelihood to complete 2022 atop the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. He has moved up two locations to No. 3 within the Pepperstone ATP Stay Rankings this week, and now sits fewer than 1,500 factors behind World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz. He might transfer inside 830 factors of the Spaniard by profitable his third tour-level title of the 12 months in Paris, with an extra 1,500 factors on supply in Turin for an undefeated champion.
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Saturday’s second semi-final is a rematch of final week’s Basel ultimate between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Holger Rune. Like Djokovic, the Canadian additionally brings a formidable streak into the weekend: He has received 16 straight matches with titles in Florence, Antwerp and Basel.
Rune has additionally been in blistering type of late, with Auger-Aliassime the one man who can higher his 17-2 indoor report over the previous two months. The Stockholm champion’s solely losses in that stretch got here towards Marc-Andrea Huesler within the Sofia ultimate and towards Auger-Aliassime in Basel.
“I misplaced to him final week, however hopefully tomorrow goes to be totally different,” the #NextGenATP Dane stated, looking forward to the pair’s second assembly. “I do know what occurred final week and I can take quite a bit away from that and do quite a bit totally different tomorrow. I am tremendous pumped and tremendous excited for what is going on to occur.”
Auger-Aliassime is thru to his second ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, three years after his preliminary breakthrough in Miami in 2019.
“It’s loopy, as a result of I bear in mind like yesterday making my first semi-final in Miami,” stated the Canadian. “It was so surprising, and I assumed on the time it was high-quality, making a semi-final in a Masters, [and that I] would do it many occasions sooner or later.
“Then it took three years for me to get again there and it simply proves how robust it’s at this stage to achieve the semi-finals or higher at these occasions. So I’m actually blissful that I used to be in a position to do it.”
Set to make his debut on the Nitto ATP Finals, which begins 13 November, Auger-Aliassime has an opportunity to raised Rafael Nadal’s season-high win streak of 20 matches earlier than the 12 months is up.
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