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Paris Masters: Novak Djokovic on his way to seventh title I No 1 Carlos Alcaraz passes quickly | tennis news

Novak Djokovic is three wins away from his seventh Paris Masters title after beating Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-1 in the third round on Thursday.

After rallying through the first set, sixth seed Djokovic broke Khachanov twice in the second before converting a fourth match point in game seven to seal victory.

The match was a repeat of the 2018 Paris Masters final, which Khachanov won, and Djokovic now has an 8-1 record against the Russian, with four of those wins coming in 2022.

Defending champion Djokovic will meet lorenzo musetti in the quarterfinals after Roland Garros finalist Casper Ruud was eliminated by the Italian.

The 20-year-old Musetti fired 37 winners as he came back from a set down to eliminate third-seeded Norwegian Ruud 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and advance to his first ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal.

“He (Ruud) was playing very well and I had to play my best tennis to beat him. I’m very happy that all the hard work I’m doing keeps getting better. I’m very proud of this win,” Musetti said.

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World number 1 Carlos Alcaraz booked his place in the quarterfinals

Elsewhere, world number 1 Carlos Alcaraz he swept Grigor Dimitrov 6-1 6-3 to book his place in the quarterfinals.

Alcaraz, the top seed, dominated from the start and dropped just two points on serve in the opening set before fending off a second-set comeback from Bulgaria’s Dimitrov to wrap up the match in one hour and 12 minutes.

“(Grigor’s) level is not the level you saw today, but I played very well,” said Alcaraz, who is chasing a third ATP Masters 1000 title this season.

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Despite having reached the world ranking of number 1, Alcaraz refuses to be complacent in the future.

“At the end of the second set it was more difficult for me, he came back, he raised the level and obviously it was difficult. He had the opportunity to go up in the second set, I had to stay calm at that moment and show the best I can to not allow go up.”

Denmark Rune Holger also advanced after the 19-year-old defeated seventh seed Andrey Rublev 6-4 7-5, while Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime stayed on course for a fifth title of the year with a 6-1, 6-3 demolition of French veteran Gilles Simon, who has called the end of his professional career.

Russian Rublev and Auger-Aliassime had secured their places at the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin on Wednesday.

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