Nole continued his bid for a record 36th ATP Masters 1000 title. The world no.1 advanced to his 11th semi-final at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, following a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win against German qualifier Dominik Koepfer. He next faces Casper Ruud (NOR, ATP #34).
No.6 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the Rolex Shanghai Masters quarter-final on Friday. The Greek completed the second career victory over Novak in their three meetings, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. The match lasted 2 hours and 2 minutes.
Novak is no.1 seed and has a first round BYE. He will open his title defence campaign against Sam Querrey (USA, ATP #45). The Serbian star claimed the historic crown in 2018 to become the first singles player to achieve Career Golden Masters.
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will start his 2018 US Open Series campaign at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Toronto (August 6-12). The official draw will take place on Friday, August 3. The four-time Canada Open titlist (2007, 2011, 2012, 2016) missed last year’s edition due to elbow injury.