Djokovic Continues Tsitsipas Domination At ATP Finals, Rublev d Medvedev; Nadal v FAA Tues

by Staff | November 14th, 2022, 8:40 pm

Novak Djokovic improved to 14-1 in ATP Finals opening round robin matches with yet another win over Stefanos Tsitsipas. Djokovic ran his mark against the Greek to 10-2 having won his last nine following a 6-4, 7-6(4) win Monday night in Turin.

Djokovic was dominant on his forehand and serve and his game just torments Tsitsipas.

“We have played some really close matches in the past few tournaments against each other,” Djokovic said after the win. “It was very important to start off well. I held my serve really well throughout the match. I played a great tie-break, very solid all the way through.”

The 5-time ATP Finals has now won 14 of his last 15 matches overall, falling in three sets in the Paris Masters final to Holger Rune.

Djokovic will next face Andrey Rublev on Wednesday.

In an all-Russian battle, Rublev got over on Daniil Medvedev in a thriller 6-7(7), 6-3, 7-6(7).

As often is the case with Rublev, he couldn’t find the closing cartridge. Rublev blew seven set points in the first set and then in the breaker lost four match points, finally winning on his fifth.

The breaker featured many long points which Rublev ended up the better for thanks to his powerful forehand. It was one of Rublev’s best wins beating the former ATP Finals champion.

“The final tiebreak, the rallies that we had there were crazy. The last rally, we had I don’t know, 30 shots. I was cramping a bit already, but I was thinking ‘One more, one more’. You have to keep playing. For sure he felt the same, so just keep playing if you have the chance, just go for it’. In the end I was able to win,” Rublev stated.

Medvedev knew today was not his day. This year has also been not his year.

“There are some matches where you feel you’re untouchable, and everything you do, let’s put it this way — turns into gold,” Medvedev said. “Today was not one of them.

“I didn’t feel amazing during the match. I would enjoy it if I would feel better in terms of tennis. But, again, looking back, some great points. This can make you play better and turn things into gold in the next matches.”

Medvedev will now take on Tsitsipas on Tuesday.

Tomorrow, Rafael Nadal returns hoping for his first ATP Finals title and a shot at No. 1 but he’ll meet Felix Auger Aliassime in a virtual elimination match.

Sunday winners Casper Ruud and Taylor Fritz also collide.

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11 Comments for Djokovic Continues Tsitsipas Domination At ATP Finals, Rublev d Medvedev; Nadal v FAA Tues

Elizabeth Says:

What a masterful performance from Novak against Stefanos!

guest Says:

Djokovic played some great tennis to defeat Tsitsipas. I hope he can continue at that level.

Well done to Andrey Rublev too! He needed that win over Medvedev.

Alison hodge Says:

Hello Elizabeth lovely to see you here hope your well xx

Okiegal Says:

I think we all have to agree that we’ve had the privilege of watching three amazing athletes. We each have our favorites. The rivalries have been so exciting through the years. Novak probably will end up with more slams. But that won’t take away the greatness of the other two…. and vice versa……

Zed…. act your age and not your IQ! You always have to say something off color and gross! Potty mouth🤮

Sad to say, Felix is serving for the match against Rafa today. But the bright side to that, I am still getting to watch my favorite play. He wasn’t supposed to last this long! VAMOS

Okiegal Says:

Congrats to Felix. His first career win over Rafa. Great serving from the Canadian!

Alison Hodge Says:

Okie very much agree , cant complain too much, tennis is in good hands when Rafa and Novak decide to hang up their racquets , although i hope they have a few more years left yet ,hope your well my friend xx

Okiegal Says:

Hi Alison! Doing better than I deserve… lol. I was sorry to hear your hubby had a stroke. I had one too a few years back…… no fun. Hope he is recovering and getting back to normal.

I was sad when Roger had to take leave, but sometimes the body makes the decision. I know he’s missing the game but loving retirement! Much needed rest at last. Novak will play on as long as possible too. I look forward to him and Rafa meeting again….on clay, of course!! Lol I hope you are doing great. Nice to hear from you‼️😊😊

Alison hodge Says:

Okie thanks he has his good and bad days, but he’s getting better slowly xx

Okiegal Says:

Alison…..My stroke did not affect my motor skilll, just memory. I did not know what year it was.I lost about four days. It was weird. Doctors decided it was my heart being in a-fib was the cause. So I now take a blood thinner. My cousin had one and lost his peripheral vision. So I was lucky. Glad he’s improving. I visited with Mira 2 or 3 months ago and she had a bad accident on her cycle. A car hit her. She said she was banged up pretty bad. Slowly improving. But haven’t visited with her since then. I hope she is OK. Take care. Be vigilant in all things across the vast pond!! 🥰🥰

Alison hodge Says:

Wow Okie, I was wondering where Am was dear me, hope she’s okay, as for Clive his speech is a bit slurred, and he stutters a bit now, and he’s slower now, but he’s doing a lot better now thanks xx

As for Rafa great he got the W, even if it means nothing, didn’t want a whitewash lol

Okiegal Says:

Regarding AM…. I asked her if any of her children were on board and she said no. So thankful for that. Bless her heart, she was still having wrist problems. I’m sure that the injury impeded keyboarding.

Yes, Rafa got a win today. Just got through watching the entire match. He served awesome today…. several free points on serve. He did manage to finish the season with a win!

Kudos to his young countryman on finishing the year as number one in the world!

Hope hubby continues to improve. Strokes are just terrible!

So nice to catch up! 🥰🥰

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