The rematch of the U.S. Open final between Djokovic and Medvedev took place at the Paris Masters on Sunday, with the Serbian continuing to make history, claiming a record 37th ATP Masters 1000 career title.
Speaking with the Tennis Channel about his opponent, Djokovic said: “You can’t go through him. You have to find a way to play with controlled aggression, play the right shots at the right time and make him come in.”
Adding: “It’s variety that wins matches against him. We both suffered on the court, and there were a lot of grueling rallies.”
The Rolex Paris Masters men’s singles final - their 10th overall meeting on tour - turned out into an outstanding tennis display courtesy of the top tennis players in the rankings.
Medvedev opened, producing an early break over the Top seed, who got off to a slow start having made six unforced errors within the first two games.
Djokovic improved to take the lead for the first time in the set at 2-2 after an early trade of breaks, though a double break would put the world number two in hold position to regain advantage 4-3, unfolding into a 6-4 win in 42 minutes.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion won 28 points to Medvedev’s 30, recording 12 unforced errors, twice the number than his rival.
Coming from a set down, Djokovic hit back the court, quickly regaining his grip, coming off strong to open a 3-1 advantage over his adversary, following to back up his break at 4-1.
Moreover, both players raised their level in a fascinating, breathtaking second set.
Heading into the final stages, and after a brilliant nearly 12-minute game in which Djokovic saved three break points, he stormed back to level up the match and seal a 6-3 victory, forcing a decider.
On top of that, the Belgrade native hit 17 winners and eight unforced errors to Medvedev’s 14 winners and seven unforced errors, showcasing the high level of competitiveness imposed by the players.
The third set began with the Moscow native leading the 34-year-old, but once Djokovic tied the score 2-2, moving on to grab the 3-2 edge, the Russian’s game seemed to be starting to fall apart.
An opportunity his adversary did not let slip, marching to clinch a second break, extending his advantage 4-2.
However, the 25-year-old fought back, securing a crucial break to stay alive in the match when Djokovic was serving for the championship at 5-3 though his efforts could not halt the 86-time ATP champion from emerging victorious 6-3.
Overall, the five-time Nitto ATP Final winner fired off six aces, converting five out of six breakpoint opportunities he faced, winning 79 percent of his first-serve points and 19 percent on his second.
The Serbian player, who achieved the year-end world number one ranking for a record seventh time Saturday, continued to write history on Sunday, earning his 37th ATP Masters 1000 career title, his sixth trophy in the tournament, the first since Wimbledon.
Contesting the quarterfinals, he outlasted Taylor Fritz in straight sets to reach his 71st Masters 1000 semi-final in Paris.
Next, he weathered a Polish storm known as Hubert Hurkacz, who qualified into the Nitto ATP Finals showdown for the first time in his career, and met Medvedev in the championship match.
For his part, Russia’s top racquet, who was aiming to win his second ATP Masters 1000 crown of the season (first came in Toronto), opened his campaign edging Ilya Ivashka on Wednesday.
In their first meeting on tour, he toppled American Sebastian Korda 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, next beating French qualifier Hugo Gaston, who didn’t go down without putting up a fierce fight.
In the semi-final, Medvedev sailed past Alexander Zverev 6-2, 6-2 to book a spot in his second consecutive final in Paris Bercy.
Both Djokovic and Medvedev will be back on court at the ATP Tour Finals, running from November 14th to 21st.