Djokovic beats Medvedev to win record sixth Paris Masters title | Tennis News
The Serb, who is guaranteed to secure the end-of-year world number one spot for a record seventh time, needed time to adjust to break through the world number two’s strong defense but was unstoppable once it has found its opening.
Djokovic was looking to avoid ending a season without a Masters title for the first time since 2017 and kept his cool throughout his mission against the incumbent.
Medvedev was overwhelmed in the third set and withdrew from the competition on match point one when Djokovic unleashed a superb forehand winner down the line.
Two months after Medvedev denied Djokovic a record 21st men’s Grand Slam singles title when he beat the Serbian at Flushing Meadows, the Russian once again hoped to lock his opponent into a battle from back to back.
Medvedev broke in the opener as Djokovic made a flurry of unforced errors with the gangly Russian keeping him on his back foot.
The world number one tied for 2-2, but Medvedev stole his serve again to climb to 4-3 with a magnificent backhand sliced at the net.
The Russian then held the serve twice to pocket the first set when Djokovic came back for a long time.
The Serbian, however, turned things around in the second set, taking a 3-1 lead as Medvedev buried a backhand in the net.
Djokovic served and stole to save a save point at 5-3 and saw a second serve with a big serve. Medvedev put up a third with a spectacular block at the net, but the seed’s first serve came to the rescue again.
Djokovic ultimately took the game into a decider with an ace on his third set point.
He beat 3-2 thanks to three unforced errors from Medvedev and again stole his opponent’s serve to go 5-2.
On serve for the match, Djokovic gave Medvedev too much space and the Russian took a break but his tank was empty and he surrendered on his serve in the next match.