Novak Djokovic has extended his men's grand slam singles record to 24 titles.
get out of the jam with brilliant volleys. He did not allow a single breaking ball in the first set, which he took with authority.
Touched but never sunk
In the second set, Djokovic’s superiority on serve was accentuated, as he took the games blank. Meanwhile, Medvedev suffered to maintain his service.
In one of the endless rallies of the seventh game, after missing the last shot, Djokovic dropped to the ground, face up, as if exhausted. Perhaps more theater than a sign of weakness.
In the next game, “Nole” committed his first two double faults of the match and had to defend his first break point. Still, he got out of the mess with two great climbs to the net and did not give up the serve.
Later, with 6-5 down, he committed two double faults again and began stretching between points as if he had some physical problem. But every time he found himself cornered, the Serbian responded with a rise to the net to avoid the lottery of long exchanges, which could fall from either side. Thus, he forced the tie-break.
In the tiebreaker the tie was repeated. Djokovic was hitting his legs with his racket after losing a point. Medvedev took the lead, but the Serbian regained it to win the first set point. The experience was the difference. The partial fell again in favor of Djokovic.
The closing of the second set seemed to affect the morale of Medvedev, who lost his serve early in the third set, twice. And although the Russian achieved the only break of the match, he saw Djokovic avenge the 2021 defeat, when in that US Open final, Medvedev ended Djokovic’s dream of completing the Grand Slam in a year in three sets.