World No.1 Novak Djokovic continued with his impressive 2020 run as he reached the semi-finals of the Western and Southern Open. He beat Jan-Lennard Struff in quarter-finals taking his unbeaten 2020 record to 21-0.
In a fairly easy game, Djokovic dispatched Struff 6-3 6-1 in a match lasting 62 minutes. With that, Djokovic reached a record-equalling eighth semi-final at the Western & Southern Open. Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Stefan Edberg, and Bill Talbert are the other players in this exclusive club.
“It was great… I started a little bit tight in my opening couple of service games. Ever since I made that break at the beginning of the first set, I never looked back. I really played very aggressive whenever I had the chance and I was going for my shots,” Djokovic said after the match.
Djokovic has reached six finals in the tournament and won his first title in 2018 at what used to be called the Cincinnati Open, where he defeated Federer. Winning the Cincinnati Open in 2018 made Djokovic the first player in history to win all of the nine Masters 1000 titles.
Another record that Djokovic could equal is the most Masters 1000 titles, a record held by Rafael Nadal. Nadal has won 35 Masters titles whereas Djokovic has 34. If he lifts the trophy, he will equal that tally as well.
Next on Djokovic’s way will be Roberto Bautista Agut. The World No. 12 defeated the defending champion, Daniil Medvedev, in the quarterfinal. Agut performed exceptionally well and looked very good against the Russian. Djokovic leads the head to head against Agut 8-3. The last time they played each other was in the 2019 Wimbledon semi-final. Djokovic won that match in four sets.
The other half of the tournament will see Stefanos Tsitsipas facing Milos Raonic. Tsitsipas is now the second favorite to win the tournament after Djokovic. Only time will tell if Tsitsipas can challenge the Serbian.