TennisSection previews the 2022 Nitto ATP Finals as Novak Djokovic takes on Taylor Fritz in the semifinal on Saturday, November 19th, 2022.
Novak Djokovic remains in the hunt for a record-tying sixth Nitto ATP Finals crown. But the Serbian star will first need to take down in-form Taylor Fritz in the last four. Who will reach the final?
Novak Djokovic was far from perfect in his last round-robin match, but he didn’t need to. The five-time champion saw off Daniil Medvedev in a terrific contest that lasted just over three hours to keep his unbeaten run at the Nitto ATP Finals intact. Djokovic would collect all 1500 ranking points should he go undefeated this week. And he didn’t flinch even with his back against the wall when he trailed Medvedev. The Russian served for the match in the tenth game of the third set, but was foiled in his attempt to close out victory by a costly double fault and some aggressive hitting by Djokovic.
Taylor Fritz, meanwhile, won the straight shootout against Felix Auger-Aliassime to progress into the semifinals of the Nitto ATP Finals. The two debutants were neck and neck in the standings, having each won a match and lost the other. And after trading the opening two sets in tiebreaks, it was Fritz who upped the ante in the third set to end Auger-Aliassime’s hopes.
Novak Djokovic leads Taylor Fritz 5-0 in their head-to-head. Djokovic won their last meeting on the indoor hard courts of the Paris Masters last year. He also infamously won their Australian Open clash at the 2021 Australian Open when he battled an abdominal tear. Djokovic has lived up to his pre-tournament favorite status, winning all his three group stage matches. Fritz will enter this match fit as a fiddle, thanks to the luck of the draw he enjoyed a day off on Friday. Djokovic, for his part, was playing in a lung buster of a match against Medvedev that squeezed every kilojoule out of his body. Still, if there is a player who almost invariably makes a seamless recovery on such a short time frame, it would be Djokovic. Expect the Serbian start to charge into another final at the Nitto ATP Finals.
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