Novak Djokovic joins Rafael Nadal at Paris Masters

Novak Djokovic joins Rafael Nadal at Paris Masters

Novak Djokovic will compete at the next week’s Paris Masters. The 21-time Major winner joins Rafael Nadal at the season’s final Masters 1000 event, seeking his 39th title at that level and the seventh in the French capital.

Djokovic is on the practice court at his tennis center in Belgrade. The Serb claimed back-to-back ATP titles in Tel Aviv and Astana a couple of weeks ago, adding 750 points to his tally and continuing where he left at Wimbledon in July.

Djokovic qualified for the ATP Finals with those points and will be among the favorites in Turin, seeking the first ATP Finals crown since 2015. Novak should be the favorite in Paris, winning 41 out of 49 matches at this event and standing as the record holder with six trophies.

The Serb went all the way a year ago, beating Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 15 minutes. Novak saved seven out of ten break points and secured five breaks from six chances to emerge at the top.

Novak Djokovic will try to defend his Paris Masters crown next week.

Djokovic built a massive advantage in the shortest rallies up to four strokes, taming the rival’s serve to cross the finish line in style after a slower start.

Medvedev won two points more than Djokovic in the opener, defending one of two break points and stealing Novak’s serve twice from six opportunities. 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.

Djokovic held at love in game three to get his name to 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. He 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.

The Russian pulled one break back in game eight to reduce the deficit before the Serb earned the third straight break with a forehand winner at 5-3 and emerged at the top.

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