Defeating Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-1 in the Cincinnati Masters quarter-finals on August 26, world number one player Novak Djokovic won the 24th consecutive match.
In just 62 minutes, Djokovic surpassed German number 34 in the world. He equalized a record eight times to the Cincinnati Masters semifinals, held by Jimmy Connors, Stefan Edberg, Roger Federer, and Bill Talbert. The Serbian player only needs to win two more games to level Rafael Nadal’s record of 35 Masters titles.
Djokovic won 21 matches in 2020
Struff only got six points for holding the ball in set one. His mark is only shown in the sixth game, set two. Struff saves a match-point, then wins the game of catch. But, Djokovic won his next game to end the match in no time.
Novak Djokovic 2-0 Jan-Lennard Struff
The 33-year-old will meet Roberto Bautista Agut in the Cincinnati Masters semifinals. Bautista Agut unexpectedly won the third seed Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals with the score 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. But, Djokovic is not subjective to Bautista Agut.
Djokovic is holding a head-to-head head-on against Bautista Agut, with eight wins and three defeats. But in the last three matches against the world’s No. 12 player on hard courts, Djokovic lost all the time.
The other semi-finals are played between fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and Milos Raonic. On the way to the semi-finals, Tsitsipas defeated three service specialists – Kevin Anderson, John Isner, and Reilly Opelka.
Neck injury makes Djokovic unable to play well
World number one player Novak Djokovic had to call for medical care, while winning Ricardas Berankis 7-6, 6-4 in the second round of Western & Southern Open on the evening of August 24. Recently, health problems have affected Djokovic more than usual. Previously, Novak Djokovic was infected with Covid-19.
The injury affects Djokovic’s performance. In both sets, he was led by Berankis. Djokovic struggled to win his eighth game to pull the tie-break first set – where he won 7-2. In the following set, the Serbian player lost two delivery games, led 2-4 but won the last four games to determine the score 7-6, 6-4. During the game, Djokovic made seven double mistakes.
Novak Djokovic 2-0 Ricardas Berankis
Djokovic remains unbeaten in 2020 with 19 wins. He also won 18 of the last 19 tie-break series. The match in New York on the evening of August 24 was the first time he played at ATP in half a year. In the third round, Djokovic will meet Tennys Sandgren.