Djokovic praises Roberto Bautista, his rival in the semifinals

The Serbian showed respect to the Spanish: "He does not fall much. He does not give it away. You have to earn your points. He is very solid from the back of the court."


Novak Djokovic, world number one, once again used the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 Cincinnati to prepare his great goal of the United States Open and with a 6-3 and 6-1 win against Jan-Lennard of Germany, he went on to semifinals and joined an exclusive club of tournament winners.

He also remained undefeated so far this season with a perfect record of 21-0 when in the semifinal he faces the Spanish Roberto Bautisa Agut, eighth seed, who starred in the great comeback of the day by winning in three sets 1-6 , 6-4 and 6-3, to Russian Daniil Medvedev, third seeded, who defended the champion title.

Djokovic, who is going to play the eighth semifinal of the Cincinnati Masters 1000, joined the American Jimmy Connors, the Swede Stefan Edberg, the Swiss Roger Federer and the local Bill Talbert as those who have played them the most times.

The world number one, who won the tournament in 2018, needed just 62 minutes to overtake Struff, 34 in the ATP ranking, in what was the fourth duel between the two, which he has dominated 4-0. If the 33-year-old Serbian player succeeds in becoming champion of the tournament, he will equal Rafael Nadal's record of 35 Masters 1000 trophies.

"It was great. I started a little tight in my first couple of service games ... Since I made that break at the beginning of the first set, I never looked back and it was all straightforward," stated Djokovic. "He really played very aggressive every time he got a chance and went for my shots." The 17-time Grand Slam champion's undefeated streak is now 24 matches, including a 21-0 record this season.

Now, Djokovic will try to reach his seventh final of the Cincinnati Masters 1000, when today, Thursday, he faces Roberto Bautista for the twelfth time, with whom he has a favorable record of 8-3, but in the last three games he has lost two to him. Spanish, all played on hard court.

"We always hope that Roberto (Bautista Agut) will play at a certain level," said Djokovic. "He doesn't drop much. He doesn't give it away. You have to earn your points. He's so solid from the bottom of the court ... Roberto found a way against Medvedev and that's obviously a virtue of the champions."

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