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Novak Djokovic enters the ATP 1000 final for the 50th times

Novak Djokovic enters the ATP 1000 final for the 50th times

World No. 1 player Novak Djokovic beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the Paris Masters semifinal on November 2nd.

Dimitrov lost to Djokovic nine times in the previous 10 meetings but played fair in the first set in Paris on November 2nd. Both players kept the game delivered and no one had a break-point after the first 12 games.

Dimitrov took a big advantage in the tie-break series when leading 5-3. But the Bulgarian repeatedly made mistakes at the end of the series. At two deciding points in hand, Dimitrov volleyed out on the net, then hit the net with his forehand. He failed the series of durable balls at the deciding point of the match, accepting to lose 5-7 in the tie-break series.

Against Novak Djokovic, just one mistake made Dimitrov pay the price. The 28-year-old lost the only serve in the match and was led 2-3 in a set of two. Djokovic went straight to victory 7-6, 6-4 for the sixth consecutive time to advance to the semi-finals of Paris Masters.

"Winning the fifth title here is always a big motivation for me", Djokovic said".

"I adapted very well to the conditions in Paris. The audience also cheered me up. Dimitrov seemed to be a better person at the tie-break series, but I paid well at the critical times. Hy I hope I will continue to play well tomorrow. Shapovalov has fewer mistakes now. He has improved a lot".

In the 50th final of the ATP 1000, Djokovic will meet Denis Shapovalov - who did not lose strength in the semi-finals when Nadal gave up due to injury. If he wins Shapovalov in the game at 22:00 (GMT+8 time), Djokovic will win the 34th ATP 1000 title and shorten the gap with Nadal on the Race to London table to 640 points. At that time, the hope of ending the year with the world's number one position remains the same with Serbian tennis players.