Novak Djokovic made a name for himself in 2007, reaching his first Major final and playing in three Masters 1000 title matches. All of these came on a hard court, and it was clear that tennis had a new star on the more common surface. .
Fifteen years later, Novak is among the most decorated players in hard, lifting numerous notable titles and holding many unique records. The Serb leads the charts with 37 hard court Masters 1000 finals, three ahead of Roger Federer and 17 ahead of Rafael Nadal!
Novak’s 56th Masters 1000 final and 37th on hard came at the Paris Masters a few weeks ago. It was Djokovic’s eighth final in Paris, seeking his seventh title and losing to Holger Rune after taking the first set.
Novak started the action against Maxime Cressy and earned a 7-6, 6-4 victory in one hour and 43 minutes. Djokovic dropped six points behind the opening shot and kept up the pressure on the other side. The American hit 15 aces and ran to the net nearly 50 times, eager to keep the points on his racket.
Cressy saved four of five break points and led 4-3 in the second set before Djokovic delivered his lone break and rattled off three straight games to emerge on top.
Novak Djokovic has played in 37 Masters 1000 hard-court finals.
The Serb defeated Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-1 in the third round to advance to the quarterfinals.
Djokovic defeated Khachanov for the eighth time in nine matches, experiencing the only defeat in the Paris Masters final four years ago. Novak lost serve once and delivered four breaks from eight chances to control the scoring and navigate to the last eight without losing energy.
A six-time champion beat young Italian Lorenzo Musetti 6-0, 6-3 in 74 minutes for a spot in the semi-final, becoming the first player with 50 indoor Masters 1000 wins! Novak claimed the first goal on short notice and grabbed an early break in the second for a convincing win.
Seeking a place in his eighth Paris Masters final, Djokovic prevailed over Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 after a great battle in the decider. Novak came within three points of defeat in the deciding tiebreaker before emerging on top.
Djokovic overcame that hurdle but fell in the last one, losing the title clash to 19-year-old Holger Rune 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in a thriller. The Serb was in front in the final set before losing ground, experiencing two breaks and handing the trophy to a teenager.