Novak Djokovic avoided upset in the Rolex Paris Masters Thursday night. He fought from a set back to win against Tallon Griekspoor. As a result, he qualified for the event’s quarterfinals for the ninth time in a row.
According to pay per head bookie reports, the Serbian claimed the final eight games of the match to escape with a 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 victory. Thus, he extended his winning streak to 15 matches. In addition, he remained on top of the Pepperstone ATP Ranking. He now has a 670-point advantage over Carlos Alcaraz, who was defeated by Roman Safiullin in his Paris opening and is currently in second place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin.
Djokovic said after the match that he had been experiencing stomach trouble. However, he complimented Griekspoor’s effort.
Djokovic Avoided Upset in Rolex Paris Masters
With this win, Djokovic advanced to his 11th quarterfinal at the ATP Masters 1000, keeping him on track to win his record-breaking eighth Paris singles championship. With his third-round exit in Monte-Carlo being the only exception, the Serbian has already advanced to the quarterfinals of 10 of 11 tournaments this year.
Griekspoor served as a formidable opponent, winning five consecutive games to take the first set from the World No. 1 after behind by a score of 1-4. The Dutch No. 1 succeeded with a loopy forehand stroke and earned three break opportunities in the second set to further drive home his lead.
Djokovic stood steady with two great serves to erase break opportunities at 4-4, and then he showed his fantastic talent in tie-breaks by playing nearly flawlessly to reclaim control of the main court clash. Djokovic has the most incredible tie-break record on the ATP Tour this year at 27-5, according to bookie pay per head reviews and news sites.
Even in the deciding set, Griekspoor posed a challenge, breaking for the third time to tie the score at 4-4 before Djokovic regrouped and won the final two games to love.
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