In an incredible display of resilience and determination, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic emerged victorious over Carlos Alcaraz at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
This triumph not only added another significant accolade to Djokovic’s impressive career but also reinforced his status as one of the greatest players of all time.
Djokovic’s win in Cincinnati was particularly noteworthy as he had previously lost to the Carlos Alcaraz, same opponent in the recent Wimbledon final. However, he rallied from behind to secure his victory in this tournament, saving a championship point in the process.
Revenge in the Cincinnati historic final
In a thrilling final match, Novak Djokovic staged a remarkable comeback to defeat World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz 5-7, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4) and claim victory at the Western & Southern Open Masters 1000 event.
The match began with Djokovic taking an early lead in the first set, but Alcaraz fought back, ultimately dominating as Djokovic struggled with the Cincinnati heat. Despite Alcaraz’s quick 3-1 lead in the second set, Djokovic regained momentum after a break and hydration break.
As the tension mounted, the third set became an extraordinary display of skill and persistence. Djokovic managed a crucial break in the seventh game, going up 4-3, and Alcaraz impressively saved multiple championship points before equalizing at 5-5 with a dramatic break in a 15-minute 10th game.
Alcaraz held serve, placing the pressure back on Djokovic, who responded with ingenious drop shots to force a tiebreaker. Djokovic took an early lead, faltered momentarily, but ultimately regained his composure to secure the victory.
This triumph at the Western & Southern Open marks the second win for both Djokovic and Alcaraz in their head-to-head matchups. Alcaraz emerged victorious in their 2022 encounter in Madrid, while Djokovic bested the Spaniard in the French Open finals earlier this year.
Djokovic 39th Masters
With this victory, Djokovic now holds four titles in 2023, including Grand Slam triumphs at the Australian Open and French Open. It also marks his 39th Masters 1000 trophy and his third in Cincinnati. Remarkably, Djokovic stands as the only player to have won all nine Masters 1000 titles in his career, achieving this feat multiple times.
The Serbian’s win in Cincinnati further extended his dominance in the “Big Titles” and ATP Masters 1000 races.
He now has a total of 68 “Big Titles” to his name, which include Grand Slam championships, Nitto ATP Finals, and Olympic singles gold medals. Djokovic has an incredible record of winning one “Big Title” for every 3.2 events played, highlighting his remarkable consistency and longevity in the sport.
Djokovic’s success in the ATP Masters 1000 events is unparalleled, as he is the only player to have won all nine of these tournaments. With 39 titles to his name, he is also three Masters 1000 titles clear of Rafael Nadal, his closest rival in this category. Djokovic has won at least one Masters 1000 title in 12 of the past 13 seasons, underlining his sustained excellence at this level.
Djokovic’s recent victory in Cincinnati stands as yet another testament to his exceptional skills, mental fortitude, and relentless pursuit of excellence. At 36, he continues to defy age and expectations, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest players to have ever graced the sport of tennis.