Novak Djokovic Makes History, Wins Western and Southern Open for the Second Time

Novak Djokovic Makes History, Wins Western and Southern Open for the Second Time

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Novak Djokovic won the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, becoming the first player in the history of tennis with two trophies from each of the ATP 1000 Masters tournaments. The Serbian player defeated Milos Raonic in the finals, 2-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

This was his 35th Masters trophy, and the Joker now has the same number as Rafael Nadal. The two legends are topping the list in this category.

As said previously, Djokovic now has two Golden Masters, which is something spectacular, and pretty hard to reach anytime soon.

However, the match started in a totally different rhythm than expected. Raonic was bombing Novak from all sorts of positions, and in no time, the Canadian would get a tie-break. After that came another, with Novak wandering on the court without any solution on how to stop his rival. After half an hour, Raonic reached a lead in the sets, being on the way to the first-ever 1000 Masters trophy.

But Djokovic wouldn’t be the No.1 player in the world, and the best in history per many, if he didn’t have a response. The second set saw Novak using his first break point after an hour of play. It was all he needed to win this sequence and indicate his comeback.

Yet, Raonic was the first one to strike, taking a break in the second game, putting himself in an excellent situation. This development made Djokovic pretty mad, and the Serb replied with a rebreake in the very next game, trashing Raonic with nil. After his successful serve-game, Novak once again broke Milos’ serve, before eventually taking the title.

It was another glorious display of Joker’s mental strength. After playing more than three hours against Roberto Bautista-Agut in the semis, managing to come back after losing the first set, the Serb once more get away from a nasty situation.

He is now 11-0 against Raonic and 3-0 vs. this rival in the Masters’ finals. The previous two were in Paris in 2014, and Indian Wells in 2016, and it seems that the Canadian doesn’t have any clue how to stop the Serbian fella.

Up next, we have the US Open coming this Monday. Novak will play his first match against Damir Dzumhur on Monday. Even though many controversies surrounded this tournament, Flushing Meadows organizers didn’t want to back out, but instead decided to go on with the plan.


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