Novak Djokovic passes Rafael Nadal on age record



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Novak Djokovic passes Rafael Nadal on age record

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been the most dominant Masters 1000 figures. The famous trio claimed over 100 Masters 1000 titles and set records that will take some beating in the decades to come. One of the critical elements of their success lies in their longevity, achieving significant results since their early years on the Tour and remaining competitive late in their 30s.

Federer leads the field with incredible 21 Masters 1000 finals after turning 30, followed by Djokovic and Nadal. Novak and Rafa have been focused at Majors in the last couple of years, beating Roger in that segment and slowing down a bit at the Masters 1000 level.

Still, Djokovic played two Masters 1000 finals this year, becoming the second player with 12 title matches after turning 30 and leaving Nadal on 11. The Serb played his first Masters 1000 final after turning 30 in Cincinnati 2018, adding at least two in the following seasons and reducing the gap to the Swiss.

Novak earned two Masters 1000 finals in 2022, winning the title in Rome and losing to Holger Rune in Paris. Djokovic was the favorite to claim his seventh Paris Masters crown, kicking off the action with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over Maxime Cressy.

The attacking American stayed in touch with a better-ranked opponent, losing the opener in the tie break and leading 4-3 in the second. Djokovic barely lost a point behind the initial shot and kept the pressure on the other side.

The Serb grabbed a break at 4-4 and rattled off three straight games to emerge at the top.

Novak Djokovic stands on 12 Masters 1000 finals after turning 30.

Novak defeated Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-1 in the third round in the repeat of the 2018 Paris Masters final.

The Serb got broken once and delivered four breaks from eight chances to sail into the last eight. Djokovic crushed the young Italian Lorenzo Musetti 6-0, 6-3 in 74 minutes after another rock-solid performance. The Serb became the first player with 50 indoor Masters 1000 wins and set the semi-final clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Djokovic had to work harder against a fellow top-10 rival, prevailing 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 for a place in the title clash, his 56th at the Masters 1000 level. Novak made a perfect start and outplayed the rival from the baseline in the opener.

Stefanos responded in the second set and stayed competitive in the decider until the tie break. They were locked at 4-4 before Djokovic shifted into a higher gear to emerge at the top. Novak battled against the young Dane Holger Rune, seeking his 39th Masters 1000 title.

It was a massive battle, and the young gun stayed in touch with the more experienced rival. Rune prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 after a thriller to become the fourth-youngest Masters 1000 champion.