Novak Djokovic wins stunning Paris Masters final vs Daniil Medvedev


Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev provided a memorable end to this year’s Masters 1000 series with an oft-stunning three-setter in the Paris final. The two best male players in the world put on a show for the crowd in Bercy, and it was ultimately Djokovic who emerged victorious, winning 4-6 6-3 6-3.

Medvedev took the first set after recording two breaks to Djokovic’s one, but the Serb bounced back in the second set and had his nose in front throughout after securing a break in the fourth game.

Perhaps the game of the match was contested as Djokovic attempted to serve the second set out at 5-4 up, and he showed the mental fortitude he is renowned for in fending off three break points before levelling the final at a set apiece with an ace down the T.

Djokovic has won three Grand Slams this year, and made the final in the other – at the US Open, where he lost to Medvedev – so it is testament to Medvedev’s consistent form on tour throughout 2021 that up until Saturday it was still mathematically possible for him to end the year as the top-ranked male player.

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But at 34 years old, Djokovic remains what he has been for much of the last decade: the best player in the world.

At two-games-all in the decider, the 20-time Major winner secured back-to-back breaks to lead 5-2. Medvedev clawed one of the breaks back as Djokovic looked to serve out the match but was immediately broken for a third time in succession, as the title ultimately slipped away.

Saturday’s victory over Hubert Hurkacz in the last four secured Djokovic the year-end No 1 ranking for a record seventh time, taking him beyond the American Pete Sampras.

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Djokovic said after the win over Hurkacz that he found it difficult to understand the magnitude of his achievements, but those who have watched his career closely can surely no longer be surprised by his excellence.

Next up for Djokovic and Medvedev is the year-end Nitto ATP Finals in Turin, where both men will be the favourites to reach the final once again.

They will be joined in Italy by Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini, Casper Ruud and Hubert Hurkacz. Britain’s Cameron Norrie and the Italian prospect Jannik Sinner are the alternates.



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