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Djokovic and Medvedev are about to renew the date by qualifying for the semi-finals

Djokovic and Medvedev are about to renew the date by qualifying for the semi-finals

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Paris (AFP) – Serbian Novak Djokovic, the first seed, reached the semi-finals of the Paris Tennis Tournament, the last of the thousand points of the Masters this season, for the seventh time in his career, by renewing his victory over American Taylor Fritz after beating him 6-4, 6-3 on Friday.

The Serbian, who returns in the Paris tournament after being absent for seven weeks, especially since the Russian Daniil Medvedev denied him his fourth big title of the season by defeating him in the final of Flushing Meadows, beat the 24-year-old American twice this season in the second round of the Australian Open And the Rome 1,000-point Masters course.

The date between the Serbian and Medvedev, who reached the quarter-finals for the third time in a row in the 1,000-point tournaments, may be renewed by putting an end to the adventure of French Hugo Gaston by winning 7-6 (9-7) 6-4.

Djokovic, winner of the Paris tournament four times out of five final matches and seeking his thirty-seventh title in the 1,000-point Masters tournaments, needed Monday to an hour and 13 minutes to achieve his fifth victory out of five confrontations he had with the American, after a young meeting that none of the players was unable to impose. himself on his serve’ as Djokovic ceded three games on his serve and Fritz for five.

The Serbian hopes to go to the end and win the title to ensure that he remains at the top of the Professional League classification for the seventh season in a row, in an achievement that no player has ever done before.

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The Serbian, who qualified for the quarter-finals without playing after his French rival Gael Monfils withdrew, would have ensured that he would remain on the throne of the ATP classification since tonight if Medvedev was eliminated from the quarter-finals, but the second-ranked Russian successfully continued the campaign to defend his Parisian title after overtaking Gaston in an hour and 45 minutes.

The Russian, who won four titles in the Masters tournaments, one of them this year in the Toronto tournament, will meet with the winner of the German Alexander Zverev fourth in the world and the eighth Norwegian Kasper Ruud, while Djokovic will face in his next test for the first time since he beat him twice in 2019 with Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, who ensured The last eighth card that qualifies for the Final Masters Championship, which brings together the best eight players during the season, by qualifying for the semi-finals.

The 24-year-old, ranked tenth in the world and seventh in Paris, qualified for the semi-finals by defeating Australian James Duckworth 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, to face Djokovic for the first time since 2019 when he lost to the latter in his first round matches with him in the first round of the championship. Roland Garros and the third round of Wimbledon.

“There are things he would like to improve, but I believe in myself.”

Djokovic commented on his confrontation with Hurkacz, saying, “He plays well, but I also play well,” adding about himself, “There are things that need to be improved, but I believe in myself, in my game, and the more time I spend on the field, the better my level.”

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He continued, “We are in the last square, so the matches have become more difficult, but I am ready. My feeling was good considering that it was my second match after nearly two months away from playing.”

Unlike the 34-year-old Serbian, who won 36 titles out of 53 final matches, this is only the second time that Hurkacz has reached the round of four in the 1,000-point tournament after Miami this season when he went on to win the title in April at the expense of Italian Yannick Sener. .

By reaching the round of four, Hurkacz completed the contract for the players to qualify for the Final Masters Tournament scheduled in Turin between 14 and 21 this month, after joining Djokovic, Medvedev, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, Zverev, Russian Andrey Rublev, Italian Matteo Berrettini and Ruud.

The Polish expressed his happiness at qualifying for the final tournament, which moved to Turin after the last 11 editions were held in London, saying, “The match was very difficult today, especially since I knew that I had to win (to qualify for the final tournament). It is clear that the pressure was greater.”