'Novak Djokovic was able to overturn an ending that...', says analyst



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'Novak Djokovic was able to overturn an ending that...', says analyst

With a notable 83 ATP titles, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have been the most accomplished hard court players in the Open Era. Standing head and shoulders above their rivals, Novak and Roger have created the records that will be broken in the future, dominating the Majors, the Masters 1000 and the ATP Finals for more than 15 years.

In August 2020, Djokovic clinched his 60th ATP hard court title in Cincinnati, becoming only the second player to do so after Federer. The Cincinnati Masters was held in New York after the coronavirus pandemic, and Novak secured the remarkable 42nd title on hard court, leading his great rival by three.

Djokovic's first ATP hard court title came in Metz in 2006, and in the ensuing 15 years he has set numerous records on the more common surface. The Serb lifted three titles on hard court in 2020, in Cincinnati, and joined the Swiss in a great achievement that will cost him quite a bit of work in the future.

Novak defeated Ricardas Berankis, Tennys Sandgren, Jan-Lennard Struff and Roberto Bautista Agut on his way to the final, to set up the clash against Milos Raonic. After an entertaining clash, Djokovic prevailed 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours to clinch the 35th Masters 1000 title and the second Masters Gold of his career.

Milos took 27 of 41 points in the first set and posted two breaks for 6-1 in half an hour. Novak couldn't find the rhythm, struggling physically and serving at a low 47%. He gave up almost 60% of the points after the serve to put the Canadian ahead.

Djokovic played only 3 matches this year

While Rafael Nadal's recent success in Australia will spur his great rival Novak Djokovic on, the Serb's brief hiatus from competitive tennis could prove detrimental to his game in the immediate future, according to his biographer Simone Eterno.

In his book, Eterno drew attention to the Wimbledon final in 2019, when Djokovic battled it out against another all-time great, Roger Federer. "On 14 July 2019, in London, inside a stadium overflowing with out-of-control spectators, Roger Federer is only one point away from winning his ninth Wimbledon title, his twenty-first success in a Grand Slam tournament," Eterno wrote.

"On the other side of the net, however, there is a player named Novak Djokovic: one who, fighting alone against fifteen thousand people, will be able to overturn an ending that seemed already written; one who in a press conference will say: When the audience shouts: 'Roger! Roger!' what I hear in my head is: 'Novak! Novak'"