ATP Paris: Novak Djokovic edges Stefanos Tsitsipas



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ATP Paris: Novak Djokovic edges Stefanos Tsitsipas

Novak Djokovic has stayed on the course toward his seventh Paris Masters title. Novak has kept his perfect score in the Paris Masters semi-finals following a hard-fought 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in two hours and 19 minutes.

Novak is now 8-0 in the semi-finals of the season's last Masters 1000 event, setting the title clash against the 19-year-old Holger Rune. Djokovic is 45-8 in Paris, staying composed in the closing stages to topple the Greek and extend his winning streak to 13.

Djokovic ousted Tsitsipas for the ninth time in 11 encounters, with an 8-0 score in the past three seasons! Novak won 19 points more than his rival, barely losing a point behind the initial shot in sets one and three and keeping the pressure on the other side.

Tsitsipas grabbed only 16 return points and still stood three points from the finish line at 4-4 in the tie break.

Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets in Paris.

Stefanos broke Novak twice from as many chances and defended four out of six break points to remain competitive and make the Serb run for his money.

Djokovic fired 36 winners and 22 unforced errors, outplaying the rival from the baseline and controlling the shortest and more advanced exchanges for a place in his 56th Masters 1000 final. Both players made a strong start in their service games before Djokovic played a couple of fantastic points to grab a break and open a 4-2 gap.

Novak fired an ace in game seven for a hold at love and 5-2, with Stefanos serving to stay in the set in game eight. The Greek wasted a game point and netted an easy forehand to hand it to the Serb 6-2 in 31 minutes. Djokovic played two loose service games in the second set and lost it 6-3.

He sprayed a forehand error in game five to fall 3-2 behind before Tsitsipas produced fine serving in games six and eight for 5-3. Novak sprayed a forehand error in game nine to drop serve for the second time and allow his opponent to introduce a decider.

Returning to his best, Djokovic barely lost a point behind the initial shot in the third set and patiently waited for a chance on the return. Stefanos played against break points in games three and nine, surviving them and introducing a tie break.

The Greek fired a forehand crosscourt winner to open a 4-3 gap before the Serb grabbed two return points for 5-4. Novak clinched the third straight point after Stefanos' careless volley and two match points. The 21-time Major winner seized the first at 6-4 with a smash winner for a massive victory and a place in the title clash.