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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads Grigor Dimitrov in the final of the €7.6 million Masters 1000 tournament in Paris. The record holder of titles from the “Grand Slam” won the first set with 6:4.
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Grigor has performed very strongly so far at Bercy Hall, deservedly reaching his second final in the Masters 1000 series and first since 2017, when he became the champion in Cincinnati after success over Australian Nick Kyrgios.
This is Grisho’s 13th fight against Nole, with whom they are close friends. In the meetings so far, the Joker has an advantage of 11:1 in the overall balance. Grigor Dimitrov’s only victory to date over Djokovic was recorded exactly 10 years ago. At the Masters 1000 tournament in Madrid, the Bulgarian won 7:6 (6), 6:7 (8), 6:3.
Grisho reached the final in Paris, eliminating world No. 3 Daniil Medvedev (Russia), No. 11 Hubert Hurkach (Poland), No. 22 Lorenzo Musetti (Italy), No. 33 Alexander Bublik (Kazakhstan), and yesterday Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece ), which is #6.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC – GRIGOR DIMITROV 1:0 set (6:4, 4:3)
Grigor Dimitrov took his serve at the beginning of the match and led 1:0, and after the end of the first game, Djokovic showed that he had a slight problem with his lenses, which he quickly resolved. Both were winning their service games, and Nole made it 3:3 after a game to zero. The Serbian took advantage of the hesitant performances of the Bulgarian in the seventh game, making the first breakthrough in the final – 4:3 for Djokovic. The world No. 1 consolidated it and led with 5:3.
Grigor struggled in the ninth game and was tied at 40-40, but still managed to hold his serve and not allow another break to force Djokovic to serve for the set.
After a game of 33 shots, Grigor managed to get to 30:30 on Nole’s serve, but then the Serb took a 40:30 lead with a bomb serve, then sent the ball into the net with a forehand for another tie. However, the Bulgarian also made a mistake in the net, followed by a ball out and a set for Djokovic – 6:4.