A fitting end of the regular season: two clearly best players of the year, in Paris-Bercy it happened for the first time since 1990. Even though Medvedev had easily won their previous match, I expected Djokovic’s win because in my opinion, the Russian triumphed in New York mainly due to the fact Djokovic had spent five hours more on the court prior to the final, and the 9 year younger Russian took advantage of it. Medvedev won fourth consecutive set in their rivalry ‘6-4’, but lost his serve at 1:2 in the 2nd set and Djokovic began playing looser. The pivotal game came when he was serving at 5:3 – he’d saved three break points before converting his third set point. Medvedev gave his all in that game, and perhaps it cost him a bit too much. In the decider he lost his serve at 2-all and 2:4. Djokovic failed the serve the match out, but in the 9th game converted his first match point with a forehand down the line winner.
Djokovic’s route to his 86th title (record-breaking 37th Masters 1K):
2 Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
3 Gael Monfils w/o
Q Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-3
S Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 6-0, 7-6(5)
W Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Serve & volley: Djokovic 11/14, Medvedev 1/2
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