Tennis

Novak Djokovic follows Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

The Masters 1000 series began in 1990. It has always favored younger players over veterans, with only four competitors achieving notable things after their 34th birthday. Andre Agassi remained the oldest Masters 1000 finalist and champion before Roger Federer broke his record, reaching eight finals after turning 35 and winning four titles.

Rafael Nadal claimed last year’s Rome title at 34 years and 11 months to join two legends on the list, followed by Novak Djokovic. The Serbian became the fourth player with a Masters 1000 final after turning 35 a few weeks ago in Paris, narrowly missing out on the chance to become champion.

Djokovic was the favorite to claim his seventh Paris Masters crown, starting the action with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Maxime Cressy. The attacking American lost the first set on the tiebreaker and led 4-3 in the second set. Djokovic barely lost a point after the opening shot and kept up the pressure on the other side.

The Serb took a break at 4-4 in set number two and rattled off three straight games to emerge on top.

Novak Djokovic is the fourth player with a Masters 1000 final at the age of 35.

Novak defeated Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-1 in the third round in a repeat of the 2018 final.

The Serb lost serve once and managed four breaks from eight chances to advance. Djokovic destroyed young Italian Lorenzo Musetti 6-0, 6-3 in 74 minutes after another solid performance in the quarterfinals. The Serb became the first player with 50 indoor Masters 1000 wins and set up the semi-final clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Djokovic prevailed 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 for a place in the title clash, his 56th at Masters 1000 tournaments. Novak made a perfect start and outclassed the opposition in the opening match with a reliable performance. Stefanos raised his level in the second set and remained competitive in the decider until the tiebreak.

They were locked at 4-4 before Djokovic shifted into a higher gear to emerge on top. Novak battled young Dane Holger Rune in the title clash, seeking his 39th Masters 1000 crown and seventh in the French capital.

It was a massive battle, and the young gun kept in touch with the more experienced rival. Rune prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 after a thriller to become the fourth youngest Masters 1000 champion and leave Djokovic in second place.

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