Novak Djokovic dominates Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 in Rome

Even if there was no real doubt, Novak Djokovic’s rise to power is confirmed a few cables away from Roland-Garros. The Serb qualified for the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 in Rome this Friday night by dominating Felix Auger-Aliassime (7-5, 7-6 [1]). The Serb has still not lost a single set since the start of the tournament. “Djoko” will play its thirteenth half in the Italian capital.

The sharpness of the score is mainly due to the formidable resistance of the FAA, which probably played the best clay court game of its career. The Canadian twice overcame a 5-3 handicap (the second time by throwing a game ball over a winning serve) and led a tough life for his opponent, scoring some beautiful shots. His willingness to never give up reinforces the Serbian’s sense of solidity, including at the end of the set. Marked by three absolutely exceptional points, including a cushioning that came out of nowhere that gave him the mini-break (2-0), his decisive game is the most perfect example.

This success, the 999th of his career, allowed Djokovic to retain first place in the world, with the release of the next ATP rankings on Monday. Halfway through, he will face Casper Ruud, who fell to Denis Shapovalov, earlier in the day.


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