Roger Federer stays ahead of Novak Djokovic and moves closer to Rafa Nadal

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Roger Federer stays ahead of Novak Djokovic and moves closer to Rafa Nadal

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have been the dominant figures at Masters 1000 tournaments for almost 15 years, winning 92 titles combined and holding almost every big record at the premium level of the ATP events.

Roger and Novak played an incredible semi-final match at the Paris Masters to wrap up the season at this level but Novak failed to win the title against Karen Khachanov, losing 7-5 6-4 to miss a chance of joining Rafael Nadal at the top of the record charts with 33 titles.

The Spaniard was forced to withdraw from Paris due to a leg injury and Federer and Djokovic used that fact to reduce the deficit to him in some of the most important Masters 1000 record lists. Roger Federer is now an all-time leader with 364 Masters 1000 wins, leaving Rafa on 362.

More importantly, it is very close at the top of the list with most Masters 1000 finals played, with Nadal standing just one away from the title match number 50 and Federer and Djokovic who stand on 48 and 47 respectively, hoping to catch or pass Rafa during the upcoming Indian Wells and Miami Masters in March 2019.

Rafael Nadal had reached his first Masters 1000 semi-final in Miami 2005 (he lost an epic final against Roger in five sets) and over the course of the last 13 years he performed in the last four of Masters 1000 events for the record number of 67 times.

Roger and Novak are not that far behind either, entering the semis in Paris to reduce the gap behind the Spaniard, with Federer playing in the last four 64 times and Novak who was the semi-finalist on 63 occasions. If they maintain a high level, Rafa, Roger and Novak will certainly push each other to the limits at Masters 1000 events in 2019 as well, seeking more records and thrilling numbers in their already completely accomplished careers and to set the bar even higher for the upcoming stars like Alexander Zverev, Karen Khachanov, Stefanos Tstispas and others who will try to spoil the party for the best players in the world all around the world from Indian Wells to Paris. Players with the most Masters 1000 semi-finals: