The four best tennis players in the semi-finals of Turin: The ideal outcome

Djokovic has spent the most time on the court in the previous part of the Final Masters, will fatigue prevail?

by Sededin Dedovic
The four best tennis players in the semi-finals of Turin: The ideal outcome
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Novak Djokovic, the Serbian tennis maestro, has emerged as the leader in terms of time spent on the court in the penultimate stage of the Final Masters, surpassing all four semi-finalists. Djokovic's path to the semi-finals was marked by grueling matches, two of which extended beyond three hours.

The longest encounter involved a three-hour and eleven-minute battle against Janik Sinner, followed by a three-hour and six-minute clash with Holger Rune. The relatively shorter match against Hubert Hurkač, lasting two hours and six minutes, secured Djokovic's place among the top four, where he will face Carlos Alcaraz.

Alcaraz, the world's second-ranked tennis player, stands as the second most time-consuming semi-finalist, having spent five hours and ten minutes on the court over three matches. This places him more than three hours behind Djokovic in terms of total time spent on the court.

The remaining semi-finalists, Janik Sinner and Danil Medvedev, have accumulated seven hours and eight minutes and four hours and forty minutes, respectively, in their three matches. Interestingly, Djokovic and Sinner, the two players with the longest combined time on the court, belong to the Green group, while Alcaraz and Medvedev, the pair with the shortest combined time, belong to the Red group.

Regardless of the high pace and fatigue of some players, we will see a very interesting final

On Saturday, Medvedev and Sinner will kick off the semi-finals at 2:30 PM, while the evening slot at 9:00 PM local time is reserved for the highly anticipated clash between Djokovic and Alcaraz.

A mitigating circumstance for Djokovic is that he did not play on Friday, unlike Alcaraz and Medvedev. This uneven distribution of matches largely balances out the difference in time spent on the court. Despite the physical demands of his matches, Djokovic is poised to continue his impressive run at the Final Masters, aiming for a record-extending seventh title.

His experience and resilience will be crucial as he faces off against Alcaraz, a rising star in the tennis world. It's been a long time since there has been a tournament like this where the four best tennis players play in the semifinals.