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Novak Djokovic beats Daniil Medvedev, but at what cost?

Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev battled for nearly three hours in the final round-robin match at the ATP Finals in Turin. It was his 12th win, and Djokovic notched his eighth win after a hard-fought 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 victory after three hours and 11 minutes!

Djokovic has yet to lose a match in Turin this year, but this win could cost him dearly. The Serb struggled with his fitness, suffered after almost every extended rally from the second set and barely finished the match without retiring.

Djokovic will face Taylor Fritz in the semifinal, hoping to recharge his batteries and fight for a place in the title clash. Novak claimed three straight games of 3-3 in the first set to carve out a 6-3 lead after a massive battle and numerous deuces.

The first eight games of the second set saw more dynamic holds as they remained locked at 4-4.

Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev in a thriller.

Medvedev saved a break point in game nine, and Djokovic gave it his all to fend off three set points in the next and prolong his chances despite an apparent struggle.

They were neck-and-neck to 5-5 in the tiebreaker before Medvedev took the final two points to claim the set and force a decider. As in set number two, both produced good holds in the final set to level the score at 4-4.

The ninth game was a real roller coaster, with almost ten deuces and endless points. Daniil grabbed a break and served for the win in game ten against an opponent with barely any energy left in his legs. Refusing to give up, he broke at 15 in game ten to clinch the result at 5-5 and extend the drama. Novak gained momentum and won a 7-2 tiebreaker following a forehand down the line winner.

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