ROLEX PARIS MASTERS From 29 October to 6 November, 2022
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Novak Djokovic rounds off an historic week by beating Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win a sixth Rolex Paris Masters title.

 

Of all the mountains of statistics and figures that have been produced about Djokovic this week, one has been kept at the bottom of the heap. Yes, the world No.1 had a 5-4 winning record over Medvedev prior to the final but of the 82 men who had played Djokovic multiple times while the Serb has been ranked No.1, only one had a winning record – that would be Medvedev, 4-3.

Djokovic is alert to such dangers and is always looking for another tweak and improvement to make; Medvedev brings the best out of the him because Djokovic knows he has to be point perfect to beat the world No.2.

 

 

It all produced a stunning final. After Medvedev claimed the opening set, Djokovic tried to vary the menu with some serve and volley. Medvedev replied with backhands that fizzed down the line. Djokovic’s defence was spectacular; Medvedev’s pressure from the baseline was crushing. The No.1 was leading all the way through the second set but when it came to serving it out, Medvedev launched an all-out attack. Three break points were repelled but the Serb needed three set points, and some of the best tennis he has played in months, to make it a set apiece.

After two hours, the five-time champion snapped Medvedev’s spirit. When he broke for 3-2, he could see the Russian panic. When he broke again for 5-2, the whole stadium knew that the Djokovic was on his way to a record sixth title. Not even a sloppy game as tried to serve it out could stop him. He merely broke serve again. Djokovic was the master of all that he surveyed.

 

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