Djokovic Sets Up Career Record In Paris

Elizabeth Wagner - 09 Nov 2021

After a disappointing US Open run, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic is back in the winning seat. Only a day after sealing the deal on a seventh consecutive year-end as tennis world No. 1, the Serbian played his way to a record-smashing 37th ATP Masters 1000 trophy when he beat rival Daniil Medvedev in the final round of the Rolex Paris Masters.

Djokovic’s latest victory marks his sixth Bercy title. And it came from a special Paris final that saw the top two players battling it out for the trophy for the first time since 1990.

While world No. 2 Medvedev put up a tenacious fight, Djokovic emerged the ultimate overcomer with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over his opponent.

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US Open A Valuable Lesson

For the Serb, winning had been the result of a learning curve. Speaking to the media after the match, Djokovic said he had gone back and reviewed what happened in the final of the US Open. He said since that particular match had been won by a small margin, he tried to analyse what he considered “small details”.

Djokovic seemed in awe of the way in which Medvedev played an unreadable serve. He said instead of trying to go “through” his opponent, he had realised the trick to beating Medvedev to be variety and mixing up the game all the time.

For the Serbian, Sunday’s victory also means something much bigger, which was to finally break the tie for the most Masters 1000 titles with Rafael Nadal. Both Djokovic and Medvedev will next head to the Nitto ATP Finals, which will be played in Turin between 14 and 21 November.

Mental Game For Djokovic

Sunday’s final had been a physically demanding encounter for both players. While Djokovic seemed to struggle to find his groove initially, which led to six unforced errors in the first couple of games, he eventually settled smoothly into the next and kept up his comfortable stride across three more games.

But that didn’t mean easy going for the Serb. Medvedev, whose consistency had made of him a strong contender for the spot of FedEx ATP year-end No. 1, emerged a strong and athletic figure on the court.

What Djokovic did however manage to do with resolve was to steer clear of the backhand-to-backhand exchanges that saw Medvedev power his way to victory in the US Open final at Flushing Meadows. As Sunday’s match wore on, it became increasingly more obvious that Djokovic had indeed made a study out of his Russian opponent.

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