Novak Djokovic matches Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi


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Novak Djokovic matches Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi

With 56 ATP titles on hard court ahead of Sunday's title match in Paris with Denis Shapovalov, Novak Djokovic is one of the most successful players on the most common surface in the calendar, right up there with Roger Federer.

The Serb has won ten Majors and the record-breaking 24 (chasing 25th on Sunday) Masters 1000 tournaments on beloved hard, matching Roger Federer's numbers and having the best Career index, just ahead of the Swiss. On Saturday, Novak defeated Grigor Dimitrov 7-6, 6-4 to advance into the sixth Paris final, competing in his 100th ATP semi-final on hard court as the fourth player who achieved that in the Open era after Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer.

Djokovic's first Masters 1000 semi-final came in Metz 2006 at the age of 19, adding eight in each of the next two seasons and counting to ten in 2009. With an incredible combination of quickness, stamina, serving skills and an incredible return and defense, Novak has been the player to beat on hard courts in the last decade or so, delivering an astonishing consistency to notch at least eight semi-finals on hard courts between 2008-2016.

Novak would have earned this record even earlier if he hadn't suffered that nasty elbow injury in 2017, playing in only one semi-final that season in Doha and bouncing back in the second part of 2018 when he collected five from Cincinnati.

2019 has not been that good either but Novak did enough to reach four semi-finals and achieve this massive milestone, hoping for more of the same at the ATP Finals. Forty-four of those semi-finals came at the Masters 1000 level, which is an incredible number, followed by 21 at the ATP 500 events and 18 at the Australian Open and the US Open, backed by eight at the ATP Finals which is his next stop in the calendar.