Novak Djokovic is three wins away from a seventh Paris Masters title after beating Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-1 in the third round on Thursday.
After moving forward in the first set, Djokovic, sixth-seeded seed, broke Khachanov’s serve twice in the second, before converting a fourth match point in the seventh game to seal the win.
The match was a repeat of the 2018 Paris Masters final – which Khachanov won – and Djokovic now has an 8-1 record against the Russian, with four of those wins in 2022.
Defending champion Djokovic has to deal with Lorenzo Musetti in the quarterfinals after Roland Garros finalist Casper Ruud was ousted by the Italian.
Musetti, 20, fired 37 winners as he emerged from a set-down to knock out third-seeded Norwegian Ruud 4-6 6-4 6-4 and advance to his first ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal.
“He (Ruud) played really well and I had to play my best tennis to beat him. I’m very happy that all the hard work I’m doing keeps improving. I’m really proud of this win,” said Musetti.
Elsewhere, world No. 1 Carlos Alcarazo swept Grigor Dimitrov 6-1 6-3 to secure his place in the quarter-finals.
Alcaraz dominated from the start, losing just two points on service in the opening set before fending off a fight back from Bulgarian Dimitrov in the second set to finish the game in one hour and 12 minutes.
“The level of (Grigor) is not the level you saw today, but I played very well,” said Alcaraz, who is chasing a third ATP Masters 1000 title this season.
“At the end of the second set it was harder for me, he came back, he raised the level and it was clearly difficult. He had the chance to go up in the second set, I had to keep calm at that moment and let see my best not to let him go upstairs.”
Denmark Holger Rune also advanced after 19-year-old Andrey Rublev won 7th, 6-4 7-5, while Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime stayed on track for a fifth title of the year with a 6-1 6-3 demolition of French veteran Gilles Simon, which has brought his professional career to a halt.
The Russian Rublev and Auger-Aliassime had secured a place at the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin on Wednesday.