Novak Djokovic recorded a 650th hard-court win of his career to reach his eighth Paris Masters final where youngster Dane Holger Rune awaits.
Djokovic is now one win away from a seventh title in the French capital after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the final.
Djokovic dropped a set for the first time this week against world number 5 Greece.
But the Serb still extended his winning streak against Tsitsipas to eight matches with a 6-2 3-6 7-6 (7-4) win.
“It’s very nice, obviously, to win games like this against one of the best players in the world,” Djokovic said after the win.
“I think I started the game very well, again a nice shot like yesterday in the quarters. I had chances at the start of the second, I didn’t break his serve. The momentum changed, the crowd got into it. I think he raised his level of tennis.
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Djokovic will next face Holger Rune in his record 56th ATP Masters 1000 final as he seeks to claim his third Parisian title in as many appearances following triumphs in 2019 and 2021.
He added: “We entered – the two of us – into an even battle to the last point, to the last blow. Incredible points towards the end. I am really very happy to take up this challenge. “
Djokovic will face unseeded Danish teenager Holger Rune, who was a surprisingly comfortable 6-4 6-2 winner over in-form Canadian eighth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, in Sunday’s final.
Alcaraz to miss ATP Finals and Davis Cup due to abdominal injury
Meanwhile, world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz has announced that he will miss the ATP Finals and Davis Cup due to injury.
The 19-year-old US Open champion pulled out of his quarter-final against Rune in Paris with an abdominal problem and has now ended his stellar season prematurely.
He wrote on Twitter: “Following my retirement yesterday and having been assessed by my medical team, unfortunately here is the result of my injury: a tear in the internal oblique muscle of the left abdominal wall with an estimated recovery time of six weeks.
“Unfortunately, I will not be participating in the ATP Finals or the Davis Cup Finals. It’s hard and painful for me to miss these two events, which are so important to me, but all I can do is be positive and focus on my recovery. Thank you for your support!”
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