ATP Paris: Novak Djokovic downs Daniil Medvedev for Masters 1000 crown No. 37

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic claimed the sixth Paris Masters title following a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over the US Open champion Daniil Medvedev in two hours and 15 minutes. It’s Novak’s fifth title of the season and only the second outside Majors after Belgrade 2. Also, the Serb has now won 37 Masters 1000 titles, leaving Rafael Nadal on 36 to top the record charts. Novak and Daniil met for the tenth time, and the Serb delivered the sixth victory, raising his level after the opener to cross the finish line first and lift the trophy. On Saturday, Djokovic secured the seventh year-end no. 1 honor and was eager to beat the Russian in their first clash after the US Open, defending seven out of ten break points and earning five breaks from six opportunities to emerge at the top. Novak built a massive advantage in the shortest rallies up to four strokes, taming the rival’s serve to cross the finish line in stlye.

Novak Djokovic secured the 37th Masters 1000 title in Paris over Daniil Medvedev.

In the opening set, Medvedev won two points more than Djokovic, defending one out of two break points and stealing Novak’s serve twice from six opportunities for 6-4. Daniil grabbed a break in the encounter’s opening game following Novak’s loose drop shot and held at 15 in game two thanks to the Serb’s backhand mistake to cement the advantage. Djokovic held at love in game three to get his name on the scoreboard and broke back at love after Medvedev’s double fault to level the score at 2-2. Daniil fended off a break point in game six with a forehand drive-volley winner and landed a drop shot winner in the next one to grab a break and open a 4-3 gap.

Serving for the set at 5-4, the Russian fired a service winner to clinch the opener in 41 minutes and move closer to the title defense. Novak found the rhythm in his games in the second set, broke in game four after Daniil’s backhand mistake and served for the set at 5-3. In one of the pivotal games, Djokovic defended three break chances and seized the third set point with an ace down the T line to introduce a decider and gain momentum. Losing ground in the middle of the final set, Daniil experienced breaks in games five and seven to find himself 5-2 down, struggling to penetrate Novak’s defense and impose his strokes. In game eight, the Russian pulled one break back to reduce the deficit before the Serb earned the third straight break with a forehand winner at 5-3 for the third consecutive break and a trophy in his hands. 

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