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Paris Masters: Novak Djokovic to semifinals, but Carlos Alcaraz has to withdraw | tennis news

Novak Djokovic secured a semi-final place at the Paris Masters with a 6-0 6-3 victory over Lorenzo Muesetti.

Sixth-grader Djokovic made light work of Italian youngster Musetti and then meets Stefanos Tsitsipas or Tommy Paul, who play later on Friday.

Djokovic, a six-time winner in Paris, lost just eight points in the first set before overcoming a brief wobble in the second when he ran into bad luck to take the win.

Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz is treated to his quarterfinal match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament against Denmark's Holger Rune, at the Accor Arena, Friday, November 4, 2022 in Paris.  (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Carlos Alcaraz went down 1-3 in the tiebreak of his quarterfinal against Holger Rune

World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz retired from his quarterfinal with Dane Holger Rune in an abrupt manner.

Rune outclassed Alcaraz on serve to win the opening set 6-3 and held out in the second as the Spaniard leveled up before hitting four points back in the tie-break after receiving medical treatment at 6-5 for a stomach ache.

Alcaraz has nine days to recover before the ATP Finals in Turin, where he will make his debut.

“I thought it was a great match. [It’s] bad luck for him,” said Rune, who led 6-3 6-6 (3-1) before Alcaraz retired, allowing the 19-year-old to set up a date with Felix Auger Aliassim.

Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada celebrates winning a point as he faces Frances Tiafoe of the USA in their quarterfinals of the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Accor Arena, Friday, November 4, 2022 in Paris.  (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Felix Auger-Aliassime continued his fantastic winning streak

The Canadian extended his winning run to 16 games after a comfortable 6-1 6-4 win over Frances Tiafoe.

Auger-Aliassime, who is looking for his fourth title in a row after triumphs in Florence, Antwerp and Basel, achieved 27 indoor victories in 2022 as he advanced to his second semifinal of the Masters 1000.

“I’m feeling better and better,” said Auger-Aliassime. “Of course I’m playing well now and feeling good, but I see things that I can do even better and improve upon to surpass the game.”

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