Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been the dominant figures in the Masters 1000 series. The legendary duo have set records that will be broken in the future, including the number of titles and many others. Novak missed the chance to claim his 39th title last Sunday at the Paris Masters, losing in three sets to youngster Holger Rune.
Djokovic added his 42nd Masters 1000 bagel to his tally, surpassing four from Nadal, who has 38. His closest rivals are far behind, with Roger Federer and Andre Agassi winning a set 6-0 21 times. Novak’s 42nd Masters 1000 bagel came against Lorenzo Musetti in the quarterfinals, when the Serb beat the Italian 6-0, 6-3 in 74 minutes for a place in the last four.
Djokovic served at 55% and dropped just nine points behind the initial shot, getting broken once early in the second set. Musetti needed more to remain competitive after losing 57% of points in his games, offering Djokovic 11 break points and losing serve five times.
Novak Djokovic has scored 42 bagels in Masters 1000 matches.
Novak had 14 game winners and 15 unforced errors, while Lorenzo fell short of ten direct points and racked up nearly 30 unforced errors. The Serb had a big advantage in the shorter range up to four strokes, while he outperformed the rival in the longer ones.
Novak held at 15 in the first game of the encounter with a service winner and grabbed an early break when Lorenzo netted a forehand in the next. Djokovic closed out the third game at love and seized the second chance on the return after Musetti’s loose backhand for 4-0.
The Serb fired another booming serve in game five, and the Italian served to stay in the set. With nothing working in his way, Musetti made another backhand error in game six. Thus, he experienced the third break and allowed Djokovic to deliver a bagel in a quick 24 minutes.
The youngster raised his level at the start of the second set. He got a break at 15 in the third game after a forehand error from Djokovic to establish a good rhythm. Novak started again and converted the fourth break chance in game four to lock the result at 2-2 and regain momentum.
The Serb remained level in game five and delivered the crucial break in the next after the Italian’s wayward backhand. Novak advanced 5-2 and served for the win in game nine. Djokovic pulled off a blank check to emerge on top and move into the last four.