Djokovic beats Medvedev to win record sixth Paris Masters title | Tennis News
Paris: Novak Djokovic won a record-breaking sixth Paris Masters title after avenging his US Open final loss to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory in Sunday’s flagship match.
The Serb, who is guaranteed to secure the world No.1 spot at the end of the year for a record seventh time, needed time to adjust to break through the strong defense of the World No.2, but was unstoppable once he found his 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 back-to-back battle.
Medvedev erupted in the opener as Djokovic made a series of unforced errors with the gangly Russian keeping him on the back foot.
The world No.1 equalized for 2-2 but Medvedev stole his serve again to climb 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 5-3 break point and saw a second with a big serve. Medvedev put up a third with a spectacular block at the net, but the seeded 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 pass 5-2.
On serve for the match, Djokovic gave Medvedev too much space and the Russian backed up but his tank was empty and he surrendered on his serve in the next match.
Medvedev complained that he was disturbed by a spectator making too much noise in the crowd.
“I got angry because a crucial, crucial moment, 5-2 for him, double break, even if I manage to recover the break, we all know that against Novak, it is difficult to come back from this score”, a- he told a news conference.
“I got mad because it wasn’t cool, and it was on purpose. Some of the spectators were just in the game and you could feel it. You get ready for the serve, they were like, Come on, Novak, or Come on, Daniil. But you could feel it was like they were just trying not to be in the game, and you wait.
“This one was done, when I already did the draw it was done by a Serbian spectator… I hope he doesn’t watch tennis anymore.”