Novak Djokovic defeated Taylor Fritz within the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Open to attain the seventy fifth Masters semi-final of his storied profession. Rafael Nadal holds the file with 76 semi-final appearances in ATP Masters degree tournaments, essentially the most since 1990 when the Masters format was launched. Djokovic is closing in on the Spaniard’s file after he dispatched Fritz 6-0, 6-4.
With two extra Masters occasions left in 2023, Djokovic will look to break the file earlier than the season ends. With the Shanghai and Paris Masters scheduled in October, the Serbian has a practical probability of reaching the feat quickly. He participated in solely two Masters tournaments this 12 months earlier than Cincinnati, in any other case, he might have already got damaged the file.
Novak Djokovic wanting to fully dominate Masters data
Djokovic has raced to the semi-finals with out breaking a lot of a sweat on the Cincinnati Open. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina handed him a walkover in his first match, after which the World No.2 breezed by way of Gael Monfils and Fritz. Alexander Zverev awaits him subsequent in a blockbuster conflict.
The ATP Masters file books are not any stranger to Djokovic. He already holds the file for many Masters titles received, successful 38, and for essentially the most Masters finals reached, making it to 56 finals. He stays the one males’s singles participant to full the Career Golden Masters i.e., win all 9 ATP Masters tournaments at the least as soon as. The Serbian’s carried out it twice.
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Unsurprisingly, nearly all notable Masters data are topped by the Big 3. Nadal, with 36 titles, is second within the record of most wins whereas Roger Federer is third with 26. The order stays the identical within the record for many ultimate appearances, with Nadal and Federer making it to 53 and 50 finals, respectively. The Swiss has by no means received the Monte Carlo and Rome Masters, whereas the Spaniard lacks the Miami and Paris Masters.
Djokovic, in the meantime, is just two titles away from a triple Career Golden Masters. The Monte Carlo and the Cincinnati occasions are the one two Masters he has not received at the least thrice. He is 2 wins away from successful the latter, so this astounding file is by no means inconceivable, additional cementing his domination on the ATP Masters.
Will Djokovic surpass Nadal in 2023?
Djokovic has a golden probability on his palms to break the file for showing in essentially the most ATP Masters semi-finals earlier than the 12 months ends. The Shanghai Masters is scheduled for early October and the Paris Masters for a few weeks after that. The Shanghai occasion is returning after three years, and the Serb will look to return with a bang.
With Nadal not coming again earlier than 2024, his tally of 76 semi-finals just isn’t going to enhance for now. Djokovic can step up and develop into the record-holder earlier than the Spaniard returns to the courtroom.
Djokovic has an impeccable file on the pending Masters tournaments in 2023, each of that are hardcourt. The 23-time Grand Slam winner has received the Shanghai title 4 occasions and the Paris title a whopping six occasions. History on his aspect, the Serb will look to go deep and get his tally up to 77 semi-finals. An thrilling race is on the playing cards between the 2 legends.