Monte Carlo Masters: Novak Djokovic beats Alex de Minaur to reach semi-finals-ZoomTech News

Novak Djokovic moved a step nearer to his first Monte Carlo Masters title since 2015 by beating Australian Alex de Minaur to achieve the semi-finals.

World primary Djokovic, 36, edged a messy second set which noticed seven breaks of serve to seal a 7-5 6-4 win.

The Serb is thru to a males’s document 77th semi-final at ATP 1000 occasions, surpassing Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic will play Casper Ruud after the Norwegian eighth seed beat Frenchman Ugo Humbert 6-3 4-6 6-1.

In the meantime, Italian second seed Jannik Sinner overcame Holger Rune 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 to arrange a semi-final towards Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Australian Open champion Sinner, 22, is the one participant to achieve the semi-finals in any respect three ATP Masters 1000 occasions this season, having gained the Miami Open in March after shedding to Carlos Alcaraz within the last-four at Indian Wells.

Greek twelfth seed Tsitsipas, a two-time Monte Carlo champion, defeated Russian Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-2.

Djokovic admitted after his quarter-final win over Lorenzo Musetti on Thursday that he didn’t consider he was acting at his “prime degree”.

However the 24-time Grand Slam champion is but to lose a set on his solution to his first Monte Carlo semi-final since he gained the final of his two titles in 2015.

In shifting previous De Minaur, Djokovic, who turns 37 in Might, turned the event’s oldest semi-finalist.

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