Novak Djokovic feat leaves tennis world in awe: 'Damn good'

Novak Djokovic (pictured) has once again reached the semi-final of the Paris Masters and achieved a remarkable feat in 2022. (Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic (pictured) has once again reached the semi-final of the Paris Masters and achieved a remarkable feat in 2022. (Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic has left the tennis world in awe after reaching the semi-finals of the Paris Masters, which would have also seen him qualify for the ATP Finals in 2022 even if his Wimbledon title didn't count.

Djokovic continued his brilliant form since winning Wimbledon as he defeated Italian Lorenzo Musetti 6-0, 6-3 in a bid for a record seventh Paris Masters title.

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The 21-time grand slam champion raced out to a sensational start and didn't look back as he was imperious at the back of the court. Djokovic served Musetti a 24-minute bagel and dropped only eight points in the first set before overcoming a brief wobble in the second, when he went a break down, to ease to victory.

And by reaching the semi-final, Djokovic would have cemented a stunning feat even without his Wimbledon title in 2022.

Djokovic had already qualified for the ATP Finals in Turin next week.

His Wimbledon title, while not counting towards ranking points, secured him qualification because of the grand slam winners rule at the end-of-year tournament.

However, if you take away his title, Djokovic still would have qualified.

This is remarkable considering Djokovic faced issues due to his vaccination status, which has only seen him play 10 tournaments so far in 2022.

This saw him miss both the Australian Open and US Open.

He also missed ATP Masters events in Indian Wells, Miami, Canada and Cincinnati.

Tennis experts were quick to laud the remarkable achievement of Djokovic.

On the other side of the draw, World No.1 Carlos Alcaraz retired injured against Holger Rune.

The Spaniard was down in the second set when he announced he couldn't continue.

Alcaraz now remains a doubt for the ATP Finals in Turin in eight days time.

"I cannot stretch. I couldn't serve well, I couldn't hit the forehand well," Alcaraz said after the match.

"I preferred to retire and see it and take care of it."

Carlos Alcaraz (pictured) frustrated walking off court.
Carlos Alcaraz (pictured) retired injured at the Paris Masters against Holger Rune. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Alcaraz was hopeful of making a full recovery for his debut at the ATP Finals in Turin, which begin on November 13, despite the quick turnaround.

Rune will go on to face the in-form Felix Auger-Aliassime in the semi-final.

Danish teenager Rune, bidding to reach four finals in a row, advanced to his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final and earned his third top-10 win in as many days after seeing off Hubert Hurkacz and Andrey Rublev.

He will take on eighth seed Auger-Aliassime in a battle between two of the Tour's most in-form players and a rematch of the Swiss Indoors final in Basel five days ago, which the Canadian won in straight sets.

with AAP

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