Djokovic Out For Revenge Against Medvedev In Paris Masters Final
by Staff | November 6th, 2021, 11:36 pm
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After securing a record seventh year-end No. 1 ranking, Novak Djokovic now has his sights set on revenge for a loss to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.

Djokovic will meet Medvedev Sunday for the Paris Masters title. Djokovic, a 5-time Paris champion, advanced past Hurbert Hurkacz today in the last four in a thriller 3-6, 6-0, 7-6(5).

Hurkacz was in control early before Djokovic caught fire running 10 of 11 games after the first set bagel to jump out to 4-1 deciding set lead.

Hurkacz got back into it but Djokovic was the better man in the breaker. Djokovic improves to 3-0 against the Polish No. 1 as he seeks a fifth title of the season.

”The job is not done,” he said. “Obviously reaching the finals of one of the biggest tournaments that we have in our sport on our tour is something that stands out regardless of the year-end achievement that is completed.

”So hopefully going to have another great match tomorrow, and then take it from there.”

In the final, it’s Medvedev. The Russian rolled past Alexander Zverev 6-2, 6-2 in dominating fashion.

“We had a tough match,” said Medvedev who has won his last four against the German. “Sometimes the score doesn’t show exactly what happened on the court. I am happy to have this score, but he had 2-1, 15-40 in the first set on my serve. I think this first break of serve when you play Sascha is really important because he gains confidence. I am really happy I managed to raise my level throughout the match and I didn’t make too many unforced errors.”

Djokovic leads Medvedev 5-4 but suffered a devastating defeat in straight sets in New York.

“Of course winning the US Open would give me maybe some tactical things I want to try to repeat or use against Novak,” Medvedev said. “At the same time, we all know who Novak is. If he would not adapt to circumstances, he would not be where he is now. So he’s definitely going to try to change something

Said Djokovic, “Hopefully I’ll be able to turn the tables around this time,” he said. “Learning from that experience in New York. I saw him play a little bit today against Zverev. He’s been playing fantastic tennis.”

Medvedev has won 19 of his last 20 matches indoors since the start of Paris last year. His only loss was to Dusan Lajovic in Rotterdam. Djokovic is seeking a record 37th career Masters title in his 54th final at this level.


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17 Comments for Djokovic Out For Revenge Against Medvedev In Paris Masters Final

Van Persie Says:

Awesome match! Congrats Nole! 🙂


Van Persie Says:

A phenomenal but also bittersweet year for Nole. Am happy he ends it well😉


Wog Boy Says:

Great win and very prickly trophy!

37 > stands alone


Giles Says:

Yep stands alone as the biggest faker in history! Pffffft


Miloš Says:

Giles how can something genuine like a win at the tournament be fake? You are probably lost in translation 🙃 get your English together, French sore loser 😅


chrisford1 Says:

I’m glad I was wrong about Medvedev winning. He played great, but Novak played better.
I’m so happy that in his last years, Novak is being gifted with another fine rivalry with an amazing player. One that seems destined to take over from Djokovic as #1, maybe in the early part of 2022. 10 times, many big matches, Novak up 6-4 at present.

Rafa is a big “if” factor. He has had so many comebacks where experts said he would take months, years, if ever, to be back to be as good as he was. Pronouncements that started in 2006. And a lot of people wish a decent big victory, a last hurrah, from Fed and Andy.


chrisford1 Says:

VP – Because of the missed Grand Slam? Aside from that, pretty good year, IMO!
Didn’t like seeing Djokovic playing well below his peak at the USO Final, I kept waiting for him to summon God Mode, but it never happened. But losing probably helped Novak a little in stopping rumors he is an extra-human powered space alien – from forming into an undying conspiracy group.
And…the LAST time Djokovic won a Grand Slam he went into a year and a half of injuries, marital woes, depression, Hearts, hugs with Pepe.
Maybe it was for the best.


Daniel Says:

Congrats Dioko for another history making.

Already secure a record 7th year end #1 and now 37Master to stand alone. The only main record left is in 2 weeks time when he will try to equal Federer’s 6th Year End Championship. With his 20 Slam record (tird with Fedal), his dominance of #1 stats, Masters Records, Djoko Slam, Double Career Slam and also record year end he will be wihtout any shadow of doi t theost compete and acomploshed tennis players ever. He already is The GOAT, he is juts cementing week by week to the point there will be nothing left to nitpick. He is obliterating all major stars. Remarkable. I won’t be surprised if he eventually cathces Federer’s total ATP titles. And once there he may even taget Connors. He is playing less and less these days, only the kost important ones but maybe with covid more “under control” next yesr he may play a regular Djoko Schedule.
Unbelievale player and what he has done and still is for tennis. 👏👏👏👏👏👏


Van Persie Says:

CF1,

Do not get me wrong, 2021 was AMAZING for Nole. He reached and surpassed so many records. He cemented his GOAT status. I did not expect him to have such a great year back in January 2021.

At the same time one cannot pretend, he is not sad that Nole did not accomplish the YCGS. He was very close. He would have needed a longer break after Wimbledon, but it is, what it is.

The highlight of Nole’s year for me was his semifinal in Paris 🙂. It was the match, where I felt the most stressed 😁

I am very grateful, as his fan, for what he achieved. When he will retire, it will be hard for me to support another tennis player, the same way, I did it for Nole. It came so naturally for me. Yes, I will watch tennis matches, I will have faves, but it will not be the same.


Van Persie Says:

Correction: the highlight for me was his semifinal at RG 2021, in Paris


chrisford1 Says:

VP, I think I blew a fuse in their 1st epic semi-final in Paris, 2013. Another gladiator match. Felt the energy was sucked out of me. Couldn’t eat for a day after. Took that loss waaaaaaay to much to heart!
There just have been so many good ones, classic matches in the times of the Big 4, classic rallies, tiebreakers, impossible shots, hilarious bloopers inc. Djokosmashes of course.

About the only good thing in getting my mood up in 2013 was that finally, David Freaking Ferrer got to a Slam Final, with his parents in the box with shit-eating grins. I always liked the Little Beast, never quits, the guy multiple coaches said didn’t have the talent to make Top 100.

2021 was CLEARLY better of course, since Novak finally got him in great health, no excuses and whipped him on RG clay fair and square. It was a classic and whoever made the call to keep the match going ought to get a little plaque somewhere.

***You may not find another you became so big a fan of, but I your feelings about missing him out there one day, and hope you do find another champion in sport or other area of accomplishment***.

Draw for ATP Championships Thursday.


Frieda Says:

Rafa was not in great health at RG. Moya said he had been suffering with his long term foot problems for a year and training sessions had frequently had to be cut short. If he can’t manage to get through training sessions how do you suppose he was going to win a slam?!
He nearly went out to Diego the round before before he got himself together.
The revisionism of Djoko fans is truly something.
Djoko played very well but Rafa absolutely didn’t.


Van Persie Says:

CF1,

Well I was sad in 2012 after The RG final, 2013 semifinal at RG was also a heartbreaker, 2014 (not so much as I kind of used to it, but I was still hurt :D), 2015 RG Final did also hurt….RG was not the kindest to me as a tennis fan, but then, 2016 and 2021 even more took all the pain from the past away :D

After this year at the French and then Wimbledon, I was kind of tired, so could not take the US Open final loss very much to heart, but still, I was sad.

What Nole did, is Huge.

I am really sure, one tennis freak will come around, and will try his best to achieve the YCGS, in order to get one important record, hehe, as all the other records left will be hard to be achieved.

And maybe someone will do the YCGS even twice, and with a couple of other great achievements and with new fan bases, he will be regarded as the GOAT, as life goes on and the world needs heroes :D

So Nole should enjoy his GOATness as long as he can ;)


Dave Says:

The 2013 SF loss to Nadal at the French Open is still he one that hurts the most. The third set at the 2013 US Open when he was up a break and lost that pivotal third set was also hard to stomach. 2013 was a tough year really. Was up a break how many times during Wimbledon final and just couldn’t get into the match fully.

Chrisford1- I hope they let the number 1 player in the world play on Sunday. Not like last year. There is a clear advantage for the group who finishes their round robin matches on Thursday instead of Friday.


Dave Says:

Oh and just to add….

I think Djokovic will do better with the Italian crowd than with the London Crowd. He has been struggling in the year end tournament for quite awhile now.


Van Persie Says:

Dave,

Good point. Nole loves it to play in Italy :)


Dave Says:

Exactly VP. Because he gets way more support in Italy.


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