Djokovic advances to Astana final after Medvedev abandonment

Djokovic advances to Astana final after Medvedev abandonment

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Paris (AFP) – In the final of the Astana tournament, Serbian Novak Djokovic (7th in the world) beat Russia’s Daniil Medvedev (4th) on Saturday after his retirement, while joining Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas (6th) 4-6, 7-6 (8/6) ).

Two points behind the game in tie-break, the Russian retired due to an adductor injury, which initially surprised the public and even his opponent.

He hinted at the Turin Masters (November 13-20) that he could stay off the field for a month, which would cloud his possible appearance.

“For the second time in my life I have to give up like this because of a yawn,” he said, adding that he “feels an odd + pop + at the second point of the tie-break.”

“At first I thought maybe it was the cramp, but at the end of that point I was like no, probably not the cramp. And I felt like I could play five or ten more points in that tie-break, but nothing more,” he continued.

“If we play one more set, yes, we can do that, but then we risk missing probably half a season instead of a month,” he added.

Two intense sets

Medvedev’s retirement resulted in a high semi-final between the two men, who after a long rally started with a fantastic first point, which Djokovic won thanks to a perfect lob.

Quickly offended by the Russians, Djokovic reacted to the breakout just before Medvedev took control of the opposing serve on the 3rd all-around and won the set with his strong serve and accurate hits.

The 21 Grand Slam champion Serbs, who missed many matches this year because they refused to be vaccinated against Covid-19, were revived in the second set, where they could not find a shot.

After leading 4-1 at the tie-break, “Djoko” was frightened to see the Russians go back to 6 all over, but eventually won the second set, Medvedev then gave up, to the biggest disappointment of the public hoping to participate in a match. third set.

“It was a very tight game, especially in the second set,” Djokovic said. said. “I found a way to win the second set, but I’m sorry it ended that way for the tournament, for the spectators who enjoyed this fight, and for Daniil.”

Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Astana tournament against Daniil Medvedev on October 8, 2022.
Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Astana tournament against Daniil Medvedev on October 8, 2022. “It was a very close match, especially in the second set,” the Serbian commented. -AFP/Archives

Djokovic will try to win his second tournament after Tel Aviv in Sunday’s final against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 striker from Andrey Rublev (9th) in the other semi-final.

Tsitsipas has completed the course so far without the fault of Rublev, who did not lose a set in Astana and went fast (6-1, 6-2) in the quarter-finals against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino (51st).

The Greek will play the sixth final of the season for two titles in Mallorca and Monte-Carlo on Sunday.

Having eliminated Russian Andrey Rublev on 8 October 2022 in the semi-finals of the Astana tournament, Stefanos Tsitsipas will play the sixth final of the season for two titles on Sunday.
Having eliminated Russian Andrey Rublev on 8 October 2022 in the semi-finals of the Astana tournament, Stefanos Tsitsipas will play the sixth final of the season for two titles on Sunday. -AFP/Archives

For Djokovic, this will be the fifth final. The Serbian player has three titles so far (Rome, Wimbledon and Tel Aviv) and a final at home in Belgrade.

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