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ATP Masters. Novak Djokovic bids himself to the 8th final

Novak Djokovic reached his eighth Masters final in fifteen appearances in Turin on Saturday, defeating first-time American Taylor Fritz 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (8/6). The 35-year-old Serbian, ranked No. 8 in the world, will try on Sunday against Andrey Rublev (No. 7) or Kasper Rudi (No. 4) to equal the record six titles in the tournament, which brings together the top eight players of the season, held by S. Roger Federer. She will also be aiming for her second major title of the year after Wimbledon, having missed much of the season (including the Australian Open and the US Open) due to a covid vaccine rejection.

The question was whether Djokovic would recover from the huge deficit he suffered the day before in a terrible 3-11 showdown against Daniil Medvedev, but was not a bet for the rest of the tournament. From this point of view, the Serb was not particularly encouraging. If he did hold out, it was due to the efficiency of his serve (he won 85% of his first-ball points in the first set and 75% throughout the match) and his ability to deliver a lethal forehand. the moment And Fritz, who was playing in the Masters tournament for the first time, taking advantage of the exit of N.1 Carlos Alcaraz, did not make many mistakes, but they were all severely penalized.

Two sets, two tie-breaks

Thus, after exchanging confrontations in the first set, the two players reached a tie-break. The Serb won his first set point at 6/5 and he pocketed a wing on Fritz’s serve with an extraordinary forehand before breaking and leaving the court for several minutes. On his return, however, he immediately conceded the break.

Fritz then served for 5-4 and it was all out. But the forehand, which was open to the ground almost all over the court, landed at the net and offered Djokovic a break point… which he didn’t take. Again, both players reached the decisive game. Djokovic had the first forehand on his serve but committed an unforced error. In the process, he took a second on Fritz’s serve and this time it was the American who lost to an unforced error.

Source: Le Figaro

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