Sun, Nov 03, 2019 - Page 11 News List

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal advance in Paris


Rafael Nadal returns to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their quarter-final at the Paris Masters at The AccorHotels Arena on Friday.

Photo: AFP

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Rafael Nadal won their quarter-finals at the Paris Masters in straight sets on Friday and were to play after press time last night for a shot at another meeting in a final.

Djokovic demolished seventh-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-1, 6-2. It could have been even quicker after he led the first set 5-0, 40-0, but Tsitsipas saved three set points and held serve.

Nadal had a more demanding contest against 2008 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, with the first set tiebreak reaching 3-3 after Nadal double faulted.

However, when the veteran Spaniard broke the unseeded Frenchman at the start of the second, he took control in a 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 win.

“It was a tough first set, where I had to play at a very high level,” Nadal said after beating Tsonga for the 10th time in 14 meetings.

Nadal and Djokovic are vying for the year-end No. 1 ranking. Nadal will guarantee it for the fifth time if he wins the Paris Masters for the first time, while Djokovic is chasing a fifth title at Bercy Arena and a sixth year-end finish as No. 1.

In yesterday’s semi-finals, he faced Grigor Dimitrov, while Nadal was to play Denis Shapovalov.

Dimitrov reached his second semi-final this season by beating Cristian Garin 6-2, 7-5.

Shapovalov joked that Matteo Berrettini owed him a “bottle of wine” after his 6-2, 6-2 quarter-final victory over Gael Monfils, which ensured that the Italian claimed the last spot for the ATP Tour Finals.

The 20-year-old Canadian blew home favorite Monfils away with a blistering display to win in just 59 minutes.

The other beneficiary of his success was world No. 9 Berrettini, who was beaten in the second round by Tsonga this week, but still became the first Italian to reach the season-ending championship since Corrado Barazzutti in 1978.

“He better get me a bottle of wine or something, or a small gift,” Shapovalov said. “I’m really happy for Matteo and at the same time sad for Gael. They’re both unbelievable players and people... There’s nothing I can do.”

“I go on the court and try my best and I was able to play really good tennis, so yeah — really big congrats to Matteo for making it,” he said.

The Tour Finals start in London on Nov. 10.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top