The hottest rivalry of the year reignites. Novak Djokovic (1st) and Daniil Medvedev (2nd), the two best tennis players of the year and today, will define the trophy of the Masters 1000 in Paris. The special seasoning? At stake, much more than a title.
If the No. 1 is champion, he will surpass Rafael Nadal (5th) as the top winner of Masters 1000 titles. Currently, both are tied at 36 crowns each. Even Nole will seek to stretch his hegemony in this tournament, with 6 consecrations.
This confrontation refers directly to what was the final of this year’s US Open, in which the Russian spoiled the party for the Serbian and it prevented him from obtaining the Grand Slam calendar, that is, the four Major in the same season.
Without a doubt, it will be one of the most anticipated matches in recent times. This year they played twice: Nole won the Australian Open final (7-5, 6-2 and 6-2) at the beginning of the year, while the Russian took revenge in New York (6-4, 6- 4 and 6-4).
In total they faced each other nine times and the record is led by Djokovic 5-4. On indoor, On hard surfaces, they were measured only twice: Djokovic beat him for the Davis Cup in 2017, while Medvedev took the win at the 2020 ATP Finals.
It should be noted that the tennis player Belgrade comes from beating Hubert Hurkacz (10th), a game that allowed him to establish himself as No. 1 for the seventh season and in turn leave a historic mark in Paris. Along the way he had also left Marton Fucsovics (40th), Gael Monfils (22nd), who got off before playing, and Taylor Fritz (26th).
For its part, the Moscow racket had a hard cross in the semifinals vs. Alexander Zverev (4th), which despite the expectation it generated, managed to solve it with solvency. He had previously overtaken Ilya Ivashka (46th) in his debut, then Sebastian Korda (39th) and Hugo Gaston (103rd).
And that’s not all. The rematch of the rematch may come to be at the ATP Finals in Turin, which logically both were classified as the best and second best of the season. A rivalry that, in the absence of the Big 3, maintains the highest level at the tennis level.
The grand finale can be seen from 11.00 am (Argentina time) and will be live on ESPN on Star +.