Novak Djokovic triumphs under the roof of ATP Paris Rolex Masters, in Paris-Bercy, for the sixth time in his career. He does it thanks to an extraordinary victory against Daniil Medvedev, who even gives the feeling of having more at the start of third.
Djokovic off Nadal, obviously stopped at an altitude of thirty-six, in the category thanks to a very rocky 4-6 6-3 6-3. Djokovic starts badly. More than anything else he struggles to find the supports and angles. Even if he immediately recovers the break from behind (thanks to a double fault at 0-40) and faces 30-40 in the sixth game.
The Serbian champion, who appears with a certain regularity near the net, condenses however the vast majority of errors in the sixth game. Needless to say, he slips to 0-40, cancels the first two break points, but pays for the short-ball choice that Medvedev reads and returns in a practically perfect way.
The finish is a completely necessary side dish. Djokovic obviously makes improvements to the tactical plan. He varies more with the serve, he does not grant reference points from the baseline, but above all he finds weapons in response.
Even in the break game, which Medvedev somehow blocks with three aces. Djokovic puts on automatic pilot, considerably shortens the number of prolonged exchanges and on 5-2 even catches the first two fifteen. Over? Not at all.
The number one of the big group - and five-time champion of the tournament - needs overtime to even the score. And above all to contain Medvedev's catch-all spirit, who does not use a total of three balls for the 5-4. Quality and quantity travel on the same track.
Even without showing strength, Djokovic remains firmly attached to the score. And he stops all the small escape attempts of Medvedev, who in the prolonged exchanges even seems to have a few more weapons. Djokovic - reluctant to any result contrary to victory - arms himself with patience, lands the decisive shove in the fifth game and with an 8-0 half-ball he spikes on 4-2.
Medvedev struggles to hide his tiredness and anger. He recovers, yes, one of the two disadvantaged breaks in the final rush, but he doesn't give himself the chance to put pressure in the tenth game.
Paulo Dybala praised Roger Federer!
Paulo Dybala and Matteo Berrettini, two great champions protagonists in their respective sports. This time they were the protagonists of a joint interview under the ATP Tour channels. The two told some experiences about their career and, on the sidelines of Italian Serie A soccer match Juventus-Fiorentina (Matteo supports Fiorentina) a curious curtain was staged.
Among other things, Matteo will be in Turin for the ATP Finals in a few days and the attacker was very kind in inviting him to his house. Berrettini and Dybala talked about their relationship with the coaches and while the Argentine explained that he would be fired in case of jokes, Matteo grinned: "I have a relationship almost like a son with a father with Vincenzo Santopadre.
I happen to record him asleep or wake him up. Of course, unlike you, I pay for it, so I can get away with it." The two were protagonists of historical finals and both were defeated: Dybala lost the Champions League final 2017 against Real Madrid while this year Matteo lost to Wimbledon final against the number one at world Novak Djokovic.
He revealed: "Before the match I had knots in my stomach, they wanted to force me to eat but it was tough. I knew it was very tough against Djokovic, he had played over 30 Grand Slam finals while for me it was the first.
In the locker room he would relax with headphones and music and I couldn't even eat, I remember that he was dizzy and my hands were sweating before the match." Two different sports but a common passion for Berrettini and Dybala: the Swiss and world tennis legend Roger Federer.
We have known Matteo's passion for the Swiss champion for years and even Dybala has revealed that he idolizes Roger, Paulo has in fact confirmed: "Sometimes to watch his matches I would skip football matches. I've never met him in person but one day I'd like to do it."
Matteo confirmed instead:" I've never hidden my passion for Roger Federer, I love the way he makes his every play seem easy, he seems like Ronaldinho in soccer."