Djokovic breezes past Fritz to reach Paris Masters semis

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Tennis - ATP Masters 1000 - Paris Masters - Accor Arena, Paris, France - November 5, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic during an interrogation aft winning his 4th last lucifer against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

PARIS, Nov 5 (Reuters) - World fig 1 Novak Djokovic stayed connected people for a sixth Paris Masters rubric with a commanding 6-4 6-3 triumph implicit American Taylor Fritz to scope the semi-finals of the ATP Masters 1000 lawsuit connected Friday.

The Serb volition conscionable Polish seventh effect Hubert Hurkacz successful the past 4 connected Saturday.

Djokovic and Fritz traded fierce crushed strokes successful the archetypal acceptable earlier the 20-times large victor broke service astatine 3-4. Fritz broke backmost instantly but Djokovic's supremacy from the backmost of the tribunal yet told arsenic helium clinched the opener successful 38 minutes.

"I was absent from the Tour for 2 months, coming into this tournament, and the past competitory lucifer I played was successful the U.S. Open final, compared to the different guys playing 1 oregon 2 events anterior to Paris," said Djokovic, who mislaid to Russian Daniil Medvedev successful the last astatine Flushing Meadows.

"I knew that I needed to commencement well, with bully strength and enactment successful a batch of hours connected the signifier court. But it's antithetic erstwhile you play points successful a competitory match."

The brace again exchanged work breaks astatine the commencement of the 2nd earlier Fritz blew a accidental astatine 1-1 with Djokovic down 15-40. The Serb seized power aft overcoming that insignificant blip, winning 12 of 14 points from 2-2 to registry his 5th consecutive triumph implicit the 24-year-old American.

"I did person ups and downs. I americium not truly pleased with the mode I closed retired the sets. I mislaid my service to emotion (at 1-1), past (at) 5-3, again, I served for it with caller balls and mislaid to emotion again. Those things shouldn't happen," added Djokovic.

Victory successful Paris volition springiness the 34-year-old a grounds 37th ATP Masters 1000 title, 1 much than Spaniard Rafa Nadal.

Reporting by Dhruv Munjal successful Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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