World No. 1 Novak Djokovic successfully avenged his US Open men’s final loss as he beat Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Paris Masters to claim a record 37 Masters crown. This win also marked a record-extending sixth Paris Masters title for Djokovic as he has previously been crowned the year-end No. 1 in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2020. Follow us for more OBN Tennis news.
The Serbian moved one clear of fellow 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal for Masters trophies, and nine ahead of Roger Federer in the Masters record. In an attempt to avoid a trophy-less end of the season for the first time since 2017, Djokovic made sure that he will not make the same errors he did during his last meeting with the Russian player. Catch more of our tennis news and updates.
Medvedev opened the game in impressive moves as Djokovic made unforced errors before he turned the tables in the second set. Medvedev set up a third with a superb block at the net but Djokovic was not frightened and eventually took the match into a decider with an ace on his third set point. Medvedev was overwhelmed in the third set and bowed to Djokovic in the end.
“I got mad because it was a crucial, crucial moment, 5-2 for him, double break, even if I manage to get the break back, we all know that against Novak it’s tough to actually come back from this score,” Medvedev told a news conference. “I got mad because it was not nice, and it was done on purpose. Some of the spectators, they were just into the match and you could feel it.”
Earlier, Djokovic made history as he secured his spot as the year-end world No. 1 for the record seventh time with his 3-6 6-0 7-6 victory over Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinals. He passed the record made by Pete Sampras, who finished the year as world No. 1 six times between 1993 and 1998. “Just proud and extremely happy,” Djokovic commented about the record.
“I wanted to finish the end of season with a trophy and did not want to lock myself mentally and physically in stressful mode,” Djokovic said. “I knew things would come together and I would work my way into the match.” When asked about meeting the Russian rival again after a disappointing loss in the US Open, Djokovic said: “I mean, I already closed that chapter.”
In September, the world no. 2 beat Djokovic in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to deny him a record that will make him the first man in over a half-century to win all four majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open) in the same year. It would have made him only the third man to achieve the feat after Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969).
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