The Serb beat Karen Khachanov in straight sets in their third-round match
Djokovic appears to be on a roll in Paris. © Aurelien Meunier / Getty Images
Novak Djokovic continued his pursuit of a record-extending seventh ATP Paris Masters 1000 title with victory over Russia’s Karen Khachanov in the French capital on Thursday.
In what was a fourth meeting this year with Khachanov, Djokovic prevailed 6-4 6-1 to set up a match against Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Djokovic had beaten Khachanov, 26, as recently as last month on his way to winning the Astana Open, as well as earning wins over the Russian in Dubai and Belgrade earlier in the year.
Indeed, Khachanov has still only beaten Djokovic once in their nine career meetings – in the final of the Paris Masters in 2018.
Djokovic, 35, won the next edition of the event in 2019 and again last year, having skipped the tournament in 2020, when it was won by Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.
Djokovic’s winning run at the Accor Arena has now extended to 11 matches, with the 21-time Grand Slam champion taking impressive momentum into the closing stages of the season.
Seeded sixth, Djokovic converted four of the eight break points he earned against Khachanov on Thursday, being broken just once on his serve, during the first set.