Djokovic eyes wild milestone

After winning the quarterfinals of the Italian Open, tennis star Novak Djokovic is one victory away from winning 1000 singles matches in his career.

It writes ATP Tour.

Only four players have won 1000 or more matches on the ATP Tour.

The 34-year-old Serb sent Felix Auger-Aliassime out of the tournament in Rome on Friday with the figures 7-5, 7-6.

– I think it was tennis at a high level. I thought I could have closed the match faster, but praise to him for fighting back, says Djokovic, who neither in the first nor second set managed to win in his own serve as he led 5-3.

In the semi-final on Saturday, the Serbian world setter will face the Norwegian Casper Ruud.

If Djokovic manages that obstacle, he joins a small group of players who have won at least 1000 matches.

Jimmy Connors won 1275 matches in his career. Roger Federer is up on 1245 victories, Ivan Lendl reached 1069, while Rafael Nadal has so far won 1050 matches according to ATP Tour and ultimatetennisstatistics.com.

Djokovic can also reach 38 Masters 1000 titles with a victory in a possible final.

The Masters 1000 ranks just below the four grand slam tournaments. Djokovic holds the record with 37 Masters 1000 titles ahead of Nadal with 36 titles.

The second semifinal in the Italian capital is between Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

By Editor