World no. 1 Novak Djokovic is taking a well-deserved break from tennis following his 24th Major crown at the US Open. The Serb will not compete until the Paris Masters, recharging batteries ahead of his ultimate goals in 2023.
Djokovic enjoys his time off the court, spending it with his family and embracing the new sport! Novak traveled to Rome on Tuesday, entering the Ryder Cup All Star Clash. Djokovic joined forces with Carlos Sainz and Gareth Bale, making the 44th edition of the Ryder Cup memorable.
Novak claimed three Major crowns this season, conquering the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, passing Rafael Nadal and standing on 24 notable trophies. Djokovic most recent success came in New York, ousting Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the title clash in three hours and 16 minutes.
Novak endured the physical issues, changing tactics and doing enough to move over the top in straight sets. The Serb served at 54%, but no one noticed that after losing serve once from three chances offered to the Russian.
Djokovic had to give everything to place 38 winners against the rival who covered the court beautifully, taming his strokes nicely and emerging as a well-deserved winner in straight sets. Novak opened his 36th Major final with a break at love in game two.
Medvedev denied two set points on serve in the eighth game before Djokovic wrapped up the opener with a hold at 15 a few minutes later for 6-3. The second set lasted an hour and 45 minutes, standing as one of the most extended ones of Novak's career.
Novak Djokovic enters the Ryder Cup All Star Clash.
Medvedev made a fresh start and battled hard, with many exchanges passing the 20th or 30th shot. Daniil wasted his chance and fell two sets to love behind, finding himself in an adamant position.
World no. 2 missed a break chance at 3-3 and squandered game points in the next one to experience the first break chance of the match. Djokovic denied it with a half-volley winner, bringing the game home after four deuces and locking the result at 4-4.
Novak served to stay in the set at 5-6 and experienced a set point. Djokovic denied it with a valiant net rushing and a volley winner, introducing a tie break. Daniil led 3-1 before Novak climbed back, working hard and stealing the breaker 7-5 after the rival's backhand error for a massive confidence boost after two and a half hours of a grueling battle!
Djokovic served well at the start of the third set, securing a break in game four and opening a 3-1 advantage after Medvedev's wayward backhand. The Russian pulled it back in the next one, delivering his only return game and seeking a comeback.
Instead, Novak broke him for the second straight time in the sixth game, opening a 4-2 gap and serving for the title at 5-3. Djokovic held after Medvedev's loose forehand, celebrating another magical moment of his glorious career and accumulating more records and achievements.
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