Although he defeated Djokovic in last year’s final, Dan could not win this time. Djokovic won the quarter-final match 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4.
Six-time champion Djokovic reached the last four for the ninth time at the Paris Masters.
Rooney saved a match point when trailing 5-4 in the second set and played a superb tiebreaker to level at a set apiece but Djokovic raised his level in the decider, dropping just three points on his serve.
Djokovic secured the first break in the third set and then played aggressively to keep Rooney behind the baseline.
“It was pretty similar to last year’s final, it was anybody’s game in every set,” top seed Djokovic said.
“I played a horrible tiebreak in the second set, probably my worst set this year. But again, credit to him for staying mentally strong and playing hard. We have a similar game. Good moves, good defense and all-around players.”
Djokovic had a heated exchange with umpire Renaud Lichtenstein late in the second set over a challenge from Rooney and was booed by sections of the lively Paris crowd after the Dane won the tiebreaker.
The result extended Djokovic’s winning streak to 16 matches. He will meet the fifth seed Andrei Rublev to make it to the finals. Rublev won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 Alex de MinaurAfter Thursday there was a walkover A mortal sinner One withdrew from the tournament in protest of the scheduling.
Despite hitting 19 aces, 11th-seeded Harkaz dropped her serve three times in their quarterfinal match. He will no longer finish among the top eight players of the season.
Dimitrov, 32, reached the last four of an indoor tournament for the second time in his career.
It is the first time since 2017 – the year he won the ATP Finals – that Dimitrov has reached 40 tour-level wins in a season. The Bulgarian will have a chance to improve on that record against the seventh seed Stephanos Tsitsipas In the semi-finals
Dimitrov has been enjoying good form, reaching the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters last month.
“My body feels good now, that’s the most important thing,” said Dimitrov, who converted all three of his break points. “I’m in a good head. If I can play like that consistently every game, I put myself in a position to get better. Today was no different.”
Hurkaj started poorly but fought back to level at one set before falling in the seventh game of the decider.
“(Hurkacz) is definitely on fire with the serve,” Dimitrov said. “I knew what to expect against him, but I wasn’t sure if I would get a break. I had to be very focused and every time I had a chance to rally, I had to do something. A few points made a huge difference today.”
Killing Tsitsipas was no problem Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-4 to post her 300th career win and earn her third straight semifinal appearance. Tsitsipas has yet to drop a set in Paris this week.