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Novak seals quarter-final spot – Novak Djokovic

Six-time titlist Novak Djokovic booked his place within the last-eight on the Rolex Paris Masters, following a tough fought 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 win over Tallon Griekspoor.

The highest seed overcame the third spherical problem in two hours and 37 minutes.

Novak began properly, breaking the world no.23 within the second sport. After falling behind 1-4, the Dutch produced a superb serving efficiency, and shocked the world no.1 by profitable 5 straight video games to seize the opening set.

Djokovic confronted two break factors at 4-4 within the second set, however held agency with two large serves. He gained the tie-break 7-2 to pressure a decider.

An important break got here within the ninth sport of the ultimate third set, and the Serb served it out to like.

“I don’t wish to take something away from his efficiency. He didn’t drop the extent,” Djokovic mentioned. “Perhaps within the third set a number of video games he did a bit, however he was enjoying at a really excessive degree and credit score to him for that efficiency. If he can be the winner tonight, it might be completely deserved. I began off properly however I ran out of steam. I’ve been struggling the final couple of days with my abdomen and I simply didn’t really feel myself in any respect. I used to be simply attempting to carry my serve and get to a tie-break, which occurred within the second. I bought fortunate on a few pictures there. It may have simply gone his method, however total I performed a very good tie-break and I began to really feel higher within the third. I’m actually, actually glad to beat this problem.”

Match statistics: aces (9-12), double faults (7-4), winners (28-43), unforced errors (30-39), whole factors gained (102-101).

Novak will subsequent play Holger Rune (DEN, 6, H2H 1-2) on Friday.

It’s Novak’s seventeenth look in Paris-Bercy. The 36-year-old Serbian star gained the ATP Masters 1000 match in 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019 and 2021.

Picture: AP



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