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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