Djokovic wary of Musetti test ahead of Paris Masters quarter-final

Novak Djokovic speaks ahead of Laver Cup appearance

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Novak Djokovic has revealed he is more than wary of the task he faces against Lorenzo Musetti ahead of their clash in the quarter-final of the Paris Masters. Djokovic has enjoyed an easy run in the French capital so far, having won two matches from two without dropping a set.

In match one, the Serbian star defeated America’s Maxime Cressy 7-6, 6-4 to set up a round of 32 clash with Karen Khachanov of Russia. Khachanov then followed the same fate as Cressy as Djokovic once again secured a straight sets victory, 6-4, 6-1.

This has set up a round of 16 clash with Italian star Musetti, who saw off world No. 4 Casper Ruud on Thursday 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Having already defeated one of the world’s top players, Djokovic is well aware of the test ahead of him on Friday evening.

Regarding the 20-year-old as one of tennis’ hottest prospects, he told Tennis Channel: “He’s one of the leaders [of the next generation]. He’s a great player who’s got everything in his repertoire, really an all-round player and becoming an all-surface player as well.

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“We knew that in the first couple years of his professional career he was making the best results on clay, but I think he has improved a lot on hard court. Results speak for that, he has won a few weeks ago his first tournament in Napoli, outdoor hardcourt.”

Djokovic has faced Musetti twice in his career, winning both after the Italian was forced to retire at the 2021 French Open, before defeating him in straight sets in Dubai earlier this year. Despite this, the pair have never met on hardcourt, posing a whole new challenge for the Wimbledon champion.

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He went on: “ Now he’s in the quarters of indoor hard. We’ve never faced each other on hard court indoor, it’s different but we trained a lot.

“We faced each other earlier this year in Dubai. I know his game well, gonna try to prepare myself as best as I can and hopefully win.”

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