At the Rolex Paris Masters 2021, Novak Djokovic with the thrill overcomes an extraordinary Hubert Hurkacz after losing the first set, dominating the second for 6-0, he needed the tie-break of the third set to access what is only the second final ATP Masters 1000 of 2021, after the one lost in Rome against Nadal.
The world number one gets towards the 54th final of a Masters 1000, the 7th in Paris-Bercy, even if the most important goal is another. With this success the Serbian guarantees, in fact, the certainty of also closing 2021 at the top of the ranking: it is the seventh season that this happens, more than anyone else in the history of tennis, with overtaking at six by Pete Sampras, after passing already five of Federer and Nadal.
At the decisive tie-break Hurkacz takes, but then immediately returns the minibreak. At 5-5 an erroraccio condemns the Pole: Djokovic has a matchpoint 17 minutes after the first, this time with the service available, and he doesn't fail.
Alexander Zverev betrays expectations, fails the appointment quite clearly and is crushed into two sets of identical scoring and substance by Daniil Medvedev. The Russian wins with a double 6-2 the re-edition of last season's final of the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and flies towards the sixth final of the category, the second in this tournament.
The world number two confirms the more than positive trend against Zverev and equalizes the head-to-head count at 5-5, but winning five of the last six matches. The tournament, however, will have the best possible ending. Medvedev could win the fifth Masters 1000 tomorrow in the sixth final.
Djokovic, on the other hand, is on the hunt for the sixth title in Paris-Bercy in the seventh final. With today's success against Hubert Hurkacz, the Serbian has guaranteed the certainty of ending 2021 at the top of the ranking.
This is the seventh year closed in front of everyone, a new absolute record. In the final of the Billie Jean Cup between Switzerland and Russia, the Russians fly 2-0 thanks to the victories of Kasatkina against Teichmann (6-2, 6-4) and Samsonova against Bencic (3-6, 6-3, 6-4 ).
The 10-highest paid athletes of all time
According to a recent study released by Sportico, here the 10-highest paid athletes of all time. The leader of this special list is the fortmer American basketball star Michael Jordan at the top followed by Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer.
Fifth Cristiano Ronaldo; ahead of the Swiss Maestro Roger Federer also LeBron James, Lionel Messi and Michael Shumacher. By narrowing the court to the world of tennis, Roger is definitely the first. Although he does not have a higher cash prize than Novak Djokovic (example) when it comes to official tournaments, the Swiss has outdone all rivals.
Rafael Nadal is around the 25th position in the ranking, while Serena Williams is the highest paid female athlete with 480 million (40th overall). Federer manages to be ahead of stars such as David Beckham, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Mike Tyson, Kevin Durant and Lewis Hamilton, just to name a few.
Michael Jordan played for three years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he led the team to victory in the NCAA National Championship in 1982. He was then chosen third in the 1984 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and quickly became one of the stars of the league, helping to spread the NBA worldwide in the 1980s and 1990s.
In 1991 he won his first NBA title with the Bulls, then repeated with two more successes in 1992 and 1993, winning a three-peat, after which he retired to pursue a career in baseball. He returned to the Bulls in 1995 and led them to another three-peat victory (1996, 1997 and 1998).
He retired a second time in 1999, then returned as a member of the Washington Wizards from 2001 to 2003, and then retired for good. Individual honors include six Finals MVPs, ten Top Scorer titles (both records), five Regular Season MVPs, ten All-NBA First Team and nine All-Defensive First Team selections, fourteen NBA appearances All-Star Game, three All-Star Game MVPs and an NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
He holds NBA records for the highest point average in regular season history (30.12 points per game) and in playoff history (33.45 points per game). He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame twice: in 2009 for his individual career and in 2010 as a member of the Dream Team.
He became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015. On November 22, 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, by US President Barack Obama.