Madrid Open 2022: World number one Novak Djokovic defeated Hubert Hurkaz 6-3, 6-4 to reach his seventh semi-final at the Madrid Open on Friday, maintaining his quest for his first title of the season. Djokovic controlled the points with his fine shot to advance after 78 minutes and managed to extend his ATP head-to-head series record to 4-0 against Harkaj.
Novak Djokovic reaches the semi-finals
The Serbian, who reached the final in Belgrade last month, will look to build more momentum in the Spanish capital in his fourth event of the year. Earlier this week Djokovic defeated Gael Monfils in a match to extend his record 369th week as world No. 1 in the ATP rankings starting Monday, before receiving a walkover from Andy Murray.
Djokovic’s hunger did not end
The top seed will take on world number three Rafael Nadal or Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in what will be his 72nd ATP Masters 1000 semi-final. Only Nadal (76) has reached the last four in the Masters 1000 event more than him. Djokovic is also chasing his 38th Masters 1000 crown and his fourth title in Madrid, following victories in Spain in 2011, 2016 and his last appearance in 2019.