Madrid Memories: Novak Djokovic is the last 'rider'

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Madrid Memories: Novak Djokovic is the last 'rider'

Novak Djokovic is the last rider of the Mutua Madrid Open. The Serb won the last edition of the ATP Masters 1000 of the season, by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in 2019 final with the final score reading 6-3, 6-4. Nole is one of the most successful tennis players in the history of the Spanish tournament, with three titles.

The first victory is perhaps the most incredible. In 2011, his magical year, he arrived in Madrid fresh from a great start to his season, in the first part of the year. In that season the confrontation was precisely between Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Nole defeated his rival in multiple challenges that year, including the Wimbledon and US Open finals. But he also managed to beat Nadal on the Madrid clay-courts, with the final score of 7-5 6-4, becoming one of the few men able to beat Rafa on clay-courts.

An incredible goal, as was his whole 2011. Djokovic won his second title in 2016, a few weeks before winning his first French Open and completing the Career Grand Slam. Djokovic faced that season's rival, Andy Murray. he needed three sets (6-2, 3-6, 6-3) to beat the Briton, who then also faced in the Paris final.

This is one of the memories of past days as the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the season's suspension over time. The tournament will not be relocated this season, but it will be played directly in 2021, not following the line of other events such as the French Open that have been rescheduled for the second half of 2020, after the US Open.