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World No. 1 in-waiting Novak Djokovic sets new personal record to advance into Rolex Paris Masters quarter-finals

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 1 Nov 2018
  • Djokovic sets new personal record in Paris
  • Serbian has won his last 30 sets, passing his previous best mark of 29 - achieved back in 2015
Novak Djokovic (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

One day after clinching a return to World No. 1, Novak Djokovic has checked off another personal milestone as he moved past Damir Dzumhur to reach the Rolex Paris Masters quarter-finals on Thursday.

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The undisputed form player on the ATP World Tour as the 2018 season draws to a close, Djokovic registered his 20th consecutive win when Dzumhur retired with injury as the Serbian opened up a 6-1 2-1 lead in their Round of 16 showdown in Paris. But while 20 wins on the trot is an outstanding achievement in itself, it pales in comparison to the 43 straight matches Djokovic won between 2010-11. However, Djokovic set another personal record on Thursday, extending his streak of sets won to 30, beating his previous best mark of 29, which was achieved between the U.S. Open final and Paris semi-finals in 2015.


Set to return to World No. 1 in the ATP rankings on November 5, it’s the sixth time Djokovic has won 20 successive matches on tour, with the 31-year-old also winning 29 of his last 30 matches, taking home Wimbledon, U.S. Open, Cincinnati and Shanghai titles during that time span. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Canada Masters) is the only player to have beaten Djokovic since Marin Cilic in the Queen’s Club final all the way back in June.

Novak Djokovic (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
"Reflecting on what I've been through in the past year, it's quite a phenomenal achievement [to return to No. 1]," said Djokovic. "Of course, I'm very, very happy and proud about it.
"I always believe in myself, but it was highly improbable [five months ago], considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court. I'll probably be able to speak more profoundly about it when the season is done and hopefully if I get to finish [the season] as No. 1."

Djokovic takes a dominant 15-2 record into his quarter-final encounter with Cilic on Friday - however, the towering Croatian has won two of their last three meetings, including that aforementioned Queen’s Club final and a straight sets win in Paris two years ago.

The Serbian knows he will have to be operating close to the peak of his powers to survive Cilic, who is still trying to secure qualification into the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London. Cilic booked his spot in the quarter-finals with a straight sets win over the struggling Grigor Dimitrov earlier on Thursday.

"I had a very good head-to-head record [against Marin] until that match a few years ago here," said Djokovic. "He likes playing indoors. Obviously he has a big serve and a big game from back of the court. It's just a very powerful style of tennis.
"It's going to be a tough one. [It is] tough to receive his missiles. His first serves are really, really fast, and he uses a lot of rotation and variation with his serve. If he has a high first serve percentage, then it's obviously a big challenge to play him because he's got a really big game from back of the court... I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be a great match."


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World No. 1 in-waiting Novak Djokovic sets new personal record to advance into Rolex Paris Masters quarter-finals

One day after clinching a return to World No. 1, Novak Djokovic has checked off another personal milestone as he moved past Damir Dzumhur to reach the Rolex Paris Masters quarter-finals on Thursday.

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