Novak Djokovic joins Rafael Nadal with exclusive Masters milestone
Novak Djokovic has now joined Rafael Nadal in reaching 90 career quarter-finals at Masters 1000 events.
The 21-time Slam champion achieved the feat by downing 2018 Paris champion Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-1. Djokovic has now reached at least the quarter-finals in his last eight appearances in Bercy stretching back to 2013. He did not play the event in 2017 or 2020.
Nadal currently sits on 99 Masters 1000 quarter-finals to top that leaderboard. The Spaniard is also ahead of Djokovic in terms of Masters semi-finals with 75 to the Serbs 73.
However, Djokovic is top in finals with 55 to Nadal’s 53, and in titles with 38 to Nadal’s 36. He could yet close the gap in Bercy with Nadal out of the competition.
Novak Djokovic will take on Italian youngster Lorenzo Musetti for a place in the semi-finals. The two have done battle twice before, with Djokovic winning on both occasions.
Their most recent encounter came at the Dubai Tennis Championships in February, but their more memorable match-up came at the 2021 French Open. Musetti looked on the brink of despatching the then world number one after leading by two sets to love in the fourth round.
He then faded to lose sets three and four 6-1, 6-0 before retiring from the match down 4-0 in the decider.
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