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In a nail-biting drama on Sunday, Novak Djokovic defeated world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz 5-7, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4) to win the Cincinnati Open. He withstood a match point and oppressive heat.

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Match Summery

Djokovic won the nearly four-hour match to win his third championship in Cincinnati and avenge his loss to Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final last month. After winning, he collapsed on his back and tore off his shirt.

During the post-match trophy presentation, Djokovic, who has won a men’s record 23 Grand Slam titles, said, “This was one of the exciting matches I’ve ever played in any tournament.” It was “like a Grand Slam,”

The 36-year-old Djokovic survived the tournament’s longest men’s match since at least 1990 in near-90 degree heat to become the oldest man to win the title. When he was 35 years old, Ken Rosewall won in 1970.

The match was the longest best-of-three set final in ATP circuit history (since 1990) at 3 hours, 49 minutes.

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At the end of the opening set, when Alcaraz hit a backhand winner to win the match, the Serbian player appeared immobile due to the extreme humidity.

Alcaraz took the lead at 4-2 in the second set, and it seemed as though the Spanish star may coast to victory despite spending more than 10 hours on the court this week.

However, Alcaraz would execute a poor serve performance with four unforced errors while leading 4-3, giving the world No. 2 life.

After winning a 25-shot rally in the second set tiebreak, Djokovic saved a match chance and went on to force a deciding set.

A angry Alcaraz slammed his hand into the plastic drink container next to his chair during the break before the third set, necessitating a medical timeout to tape his finger.

Djokovic broke for a 4-3 advantage in the final on his fifth attempt of the match.

The drama persisted as Djokovic lost two set chances before coming back and leading 5-3.

When Djokovic missed an overhead for a 5-5 tie, Alcaraz would break serve and save two additional match points.

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Finally, a tiebreak was reached, which Djokovic won when the 20-year-old’s forehand return was wide.

The victory marked Djokovic’s 39th Masters 1000 triumph and 95th career victory.

Djokovic Statement

Djokovic stated, clutching his trophy, “I have so much to say, but I’m not sure that I have the energy.” He stopped and turned to face Alcaraz.

“Do you never give up?” said he. I appreciate that about you. I would like to meet you in New York. Well, for the fans, not for me, but that would be enjoyable.

The US Open starts on August 28. Alcaraz, the reigning champion, will undoubtedly start the competition as the number one seed.

Alcaraz Stated

Alcaraz remarked, “It will be difficult for me to speak at this time, but I tried to do my best.”

“I want to once more congratulate Novak. It’s incredible to compete with you, share the court with you, and gain knowledge from you. Even though this match was so tight, I still learned a lot.

Alcaraz remarked that the contest was rather close. I vowed, “I’ll be back.”

With the victory, Djokovic earned his 39th Masters 1000 championship and 95th career victory.

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It was Djokovic’s first tournament on American soil in two years after he had been denied entry due to his lack of a COVID-19 vaccination.

The forthcoming U.S. Open, which takes place from August 28 to September 10, will be his chance to add a 24th Grand Slam trophy to his collection.

Alcaraz was informed by Djokovic that “every one of our matches reaches the distance. They are currently tied 2-2 in their generational conflict.

We should be able to perform in New York in a few weeks, he remarked.

“I’m not sure about me, but that would be nice for the crowd.”

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