ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic edges Daniil Medvedev, but at what cost?

Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev battled for almost three hours in the last round-robin match at the ATP Finals in Turin. It was their 12th victory, and Djokovic delivered his eighth victory following a hard-fought 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 win after three hours and 11 minutes! Djokovic is yet to lose a match in Turin this year, but this triumph could cost him dearly. The Serb struggled with his physical shape, suffering after almost every extended rally since the second set and barely finishing the match without a retirement. Djokovic will face Taylor Fritz in the semi-final, hoping to recharge the batteries and fight for a place in the title clash. Novak claimed three straight games from 3-3 in the first set to forge a 6-3 advantage after a massive battle and numerous deuces. The second set’s opening eight games saw more dynamic holds, as they stayed locked at 4-4.

Novak Djokovic prevailed over Daniil Medvedev in a thriller.

Medvedev saved a break point in game nine, and Djokovic gave his everything to fend off three set points in the next one and prolong his chances despite an apparent struggle. They stayed neck and neck until 5-5 in the tie break before Medvedev grabbed the last two points to claim the set and force a decider. As in set number two, they both produced fine holds in the final set to level the score at 4-4. The ninth game saw a real roller coaster, with almost ten deuces and endless points. Daniil grabbed a break and served for the victory in game ten against the rival who barely had any energy left in his legs. Refusing to surrender, broke back at 15 in game ten to lock the result at 5-5 and extend the drama. Novak gained a boost and won a tie break 7-2 following a forehand down the line winner.