The final of the ATP 500 tournament in Astana between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas was played. It has been an extraordinary tournament, especially for a 500, and throughout it we have seen almost all the best tennis players in the world.
In the semifinals, the winner of 21 Grand Slam titles faced Russia's Daniil Medvedev, one of his most formidable rivals in recent history. Daniil won the first set 6-4 and then the two met in a great second set that saw the Serb come out on top and level the score.
To the general astonishment, including Novak Djokovic himself, the Russian tennis player retired at the end of the second set, thus leaving Nole the possibility of reaching the final. It was the second consecutive final for Djokovic after Tel Aviv and now he confirms it in Kazakhstan.
Through her social channels, Martina Navratilova commented on the match and reacted to Djokovic's obvious reaction after Medvedev's withdrawal. The Serb seemed surprised and disappointed by this decision, wanting to continue the match.
These are his words: "Once again, Novak Djokovic showed that he is a fierce competitor: he lost the first set against Daniil Medvedev, won the second in the tie-break and then saw Medvedev withdraw from the tournament." After the match, Daniil Medvedev commented on the reasons: "This is the second time in my life that I have retired in this way due to a muscle strain.
On the second point of the tie-break I felt a strange snap in the adductor. At first I thought maybe it was just a cramp, but after the point I thought it was something more serious."
Tsitsipas on Nole Djokovic
6 Stefanos Tsitsipas hasn't quite cracked the code to beat Novak Djokovic in the final on tour yet. “I feel like I’ve done this before, this is not the first time,” Stefanos Tsitsipas said to Novak Djokovic.
“Again in the final. I want to congratulate you. I mean it feels like I will never stop congratulating you. It will keep happening, non-stop. But I congratulate you one more time. “What can I say, unbelievable performance man.
You were extremely accurate, an extreme professional out on the court. I think this tournament belongs to you, it wouldn’t be right if it belonged to anyone else”. Novak Djokovic dominated Stefanos Tsitsipas. “You’ve always been humble in victory and gracious and respectful in your defeats,” Novak Djokovic said of the Greek.
“I’m sure that in the future you’re going to have a lot of victories. You’re still young and you’re a great player. You’re a great competitor. “I really wish you all the best, except when you play against me,” he joked.