World number one Novak Djokovic is taking a well-deserved break from tennis after winning his 24th US Open title. The Serbian will not compete until the Paris Masters, where he will recharge his batteries before achieving his ultimate goals in 2023.
Djokovic is enjoying his time off the court, spending it with his family and embracing this new sport! Novak traveled to Rome on Tuesday to take part in the Ryder Cup All Star Clash tournament. Djokovic joined Carlos Sainz and Gareth Bale, making the 44th Ryder Cup an unforgettable one.
Novak won three major titles this season, winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, surpassing Rafael Nadal and standing at 24 major titles. Djokovic’s latest success in New York came when he defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the title match in three hours and 16 minutes.
Novak endured the physical issues, changed tactics and did enough to move over the top in straight sets. The Serbian served 54%, but no one noticed after dropping serve once out of three chances the Russian had.
Djokovic had to do everything in his power to put down 38 winners against his opponent who covered the court beautifully, controlled his strokes well and emerged as a worthy winner in straight sets. Novak opened his 36th final with a break in the second game.
Medvedev was denied two service points in the eighth game before Djokovic wrapped up the opening game at 15 a few minutes later to level the score at 6-3. The second set lasted an hour and 45 minutes, and was one of the longest sets of Novak’s career.
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Medvedev made a fresh start and fought hard, with many of the exchanges going beyond the 20th or 30th shot. Daniel wasted his chance and fell two sets back, finding himself in a stubborn position.
The world number two wasted a break point at 3-3 and wasted match points in the next game to experience his first break point of the match. Djokovic denied this with a winner with a half-volley, sending the match back to home after four draws and securing the score at 4-4.
Novak managed to stay in the set at 5-6 and saw a set point. Djokovic denied this with a brave shot into the net and a winner, starting the tiebreak. Daniil led 3-1 before Novak diligently pulled back and counterattacked 7-5 after his opponent’s backhand error for a huge confidence boost after two and a half hours of grueling battle!
Djokovic served well at the start of the third set, breaking his opponent’s serve in the fourth game and leading 3-1 after a backhand by Medvedev. The Russian pulled it off again in the next bout, pitching his only comeback bout and seeking a comeback.
Instead, Novak broke serve for the second time in a row in the sixth game, opening a 4-2 lead and serving for the title 5-3. Djokovic held off a loose Medvedev forehand, celebrating another magical moment in his glorious career and collecting more records and achievements..
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