Djokovic rises to Raonic in Cincinnati final and hunts Nadal

Djokovic rises to Raonic in Cincinnati final and hunts Nadal

After losing the first set 1-6, he ended up signing his eleventh in 11 games against the Canadian tennis player

Djokovic rises to Raonic in Cincinnati final and hunts Nadal

Novak Djokovic fulfilled the predictions by beating Canadian Milos Raonic, world number 30, 1-6, 6-3 and 6-4 to achieve his second title in Cincinnati and his thirty-fifth Masters 1000, the same accumulated by Rafael Nadal . Both are the tennis players who accumulate the most trophies in this category. Djokovic, who has not lost any of the 11 meetings he has had with Raonic as professionals, has won seven consecutive finals.

The victory allows the 33-year-old Djokovic to remain undefeated so far this season at 23-0 and tied with Nadal for the most Masters 1000 title winners at No. 35, after both have also been. disputed 51 finals, the best mark of all time.

While Djokovic reached 360 wins in the Masters 1000 tournaments for 384 that Nadal has and 381 for Federer, both absent this year in Cincinnati and they will not play the US Open, which begins next week.

The match was a carbon copy of what Djokovic did in the semifinals against the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut by losing the first set and then reacting with his best tennis in the key moments that allowed him to make the key 'breaks' and get the decisive points.

The first set was a walk for Raonic, who barely needed 30 minutes after making two 'breaks' to Djokovic, in the fourth and sixth games, while placing two “aces” for none of the number one in the world who committed four double faults. .

The reaction in the second

But everything changed in the second when Djokovic began to secure his serve, he subtracted better and that allowed him not to lose his serve for in the sixth game he made the first break to Raonic, who could not recover it, and the number one in the world, In 45 minutes, he won it to put the tie (1-1).

The third and final, although Djokovic lost his serve again in the second game, he immediately recovered it in the third and from that moment he took over the game with a second 'break' in the fifth that left no reaction capacity to Raonic, who once again showed all the limitation he has with his tennis, outside the serve.

The final statistics of the match, which was played on the Louis Armstrong court, with the roof closed by the rain that fell on the area of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and which lasted two hours, left no doubt of the superiority of Djokovic, who only the four double faults of the first set gave some interest to the duel with Raonic.

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