World number one Novak Djokovic defeats stubborn Daniil Medvedev in a three-set thriller to claim the Paris Masters title in style and avenge his US Open loss against the Russian.
- Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Paris Masters
- It was the pair’s first meeting since their final US Open meeting.
- There, it was world No. 2 Medvedev who defeated Djokovic in straight sets.
- Upon reaching the final, Djokovic was guaranteed to finish 2022 as world number one
World number one Novak Djokovic came back from the brink to defeat stubborn Russian Daniil Medvedev and win the Paris Masters.
Djokovic beat the 25-year-old, who sits behind him in the world rankings in second place, with an almost gladiatorial performance by taking the last 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Medvedev claimed the prestigious title in Paris last year, having defeated Alexander Zverev in three sets last year to win his third Masters event, but finished second in the French capital this time.
World No. 1 (left) and No. 2 (right) met in a magnificent final at the Paris Masters event
The pair, arguably the top two in the men’s game in their current form, had met in two previous finals this year, being the Australian Open, where Djokovic won in straight sets, and the US Open, where Medvedev made the same.
This time around, a decisive final set was required as the Serb helped put aside, if not banish, some of the bad memories of Flushing Meadows.
Djokovic will finish as the world’s top-ranked player for the seventh time, which he secured by beating Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-finals.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who has now been number one for 345 weeks and counting, broke the record he held alongside Pete Sampras with the feat and has now topped the rankings in seven of the last 11 seasons.
And the all-time great surpassed his Russian counterpart in an exciting meeting in Paris.
Djokovic served first in Sunday’s final, but got off to the worst possible start, with Medvedev using his thunderous forehand to finally seal an early lead on his third break point.
The Serb was not down for long, however, as he leveled proceedings in the fourth game, setting up three break points with a delicious drop, before Medvedev double-faulted under immense pressure.
The seventh game of the set, one that often turns out to be decisive, did so once again as Medvedev broke world No. 1 again, before holding out to take the set in impressive style.
Medvedev sealed the first set in impressive style, twice breaking Djokovic when he took it 6-4
Djokovic showed moments of his undoubted class, which finally helped him finish on top.
Pictured: Medvedev’s thunderous forehand in action as the Russian world number 2 took the first set.
The second set started as competitively as the first, with Djokovic serving first once again as he searched for a route back to competition.
However, Djokovic made what appeared to have been a decisive breakthrough in the fourth game of the set, breaking Medvedev for the second time in the match to take an early 3-1 lead, showing the astonishing defensive determination that the fans turned to. have gotten used to it.
Medvedev simply couldn’t penetrate the wall that was Djokovic, who moved into a game of the second set at 5-3, with Paris fans preparing for a tantalizing final set.
Their wish would be granted, but it took them some time. Djokovic saved several break points during frenzied play, which the defiant Serb eventually finished off with a much-needed ace.
The 34-year-old Djokovic struggled again in the second set, sealing the only break before taking it 6-3.
He used serve and volley throughout, but it was an ace that finally ended the set.
In the third and final set, Medvedev finally served first and held. The first three games were in service, with the Russian 2-1 up from the start. However, he had a rare mistake from Djokovic to be thankful for after the Serb squandered a taunting opportunity at 1-1, 30-30.
With pressure late in the set, Djokovic did what he does best and lifted a title once again.