Novak Djokovic Misses Roger Federer'S Masters 1000 Record

Novak Djokovic loses Roger Federer’s Masters 1000 record


The Masters 1000 series has seen almost 300 tournaments since Indian Wells 1990. Only four players have won the title after turning 34, with four legends alone on the list. Andre Agassi did it at Cincinnati 2004, followed by Roger Federer at the same event 11 years later.

Roger raised the bar higher in 2017, lifting three titles and becoming the first Masters 1000 champion at 35 and 36 years old. The Swiss gave one last push and lifted the trophy in Miami 2019 at 37 years and seven months, securing the record that will be beating for some in the future.

Rafael Nadal joined the roster in Rome last year, winning the title a couple of weeks before his 35th birthday.

Novak Djokovic is the second-oldest Masters 1000 champion.

Novak Djokovic dethroned Rafa at the Foro Italico this May, becoming champion a couple of days shy of his 35th birthday and ranking as the second-youngest Masters 1000 winner.

Novak had a chance to become the second player to hold a Masters 1000 trophy in his hands after Federer a couple of weeks ago in Paris. Djokovic reached the final and set his eyes on the seventh crown of the Paris Masters. However, he experienced a tough 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 loss to young Dane Holger Rune to settle for the runner-up award.

Holger ousted Novak in two hours and 33 minutes to become the fourth-youngest Masters 1000 winner. Novak played well in the first match and created break chances early in the second. Holger denied them and raised his level to break a six-time winner and force a decider.

The Serb wasted a game point that could have put him 4-1 up and allowed the Dane to come back and extend the duel. Djokovic made a forehand error in the eleventh game to fall behind 6-5 and leave the opponent to serve for the title.

Game 12 was a real roller coaster, lasting 17 minutes! Novak created six break points that could have prolonged the battle and introduced a deciding tiebreaker. Rune kept his cool in his first notable ATP final and delivered the right shots to avoid mistakes.

Holger saved those six break chances and converted on second match point to become the youngest champion in Paris since Boris Becker in 1986! Djokovic will have more opportunities at the Masters 1000 level in 2023, especially if he gets a chance to compete in the US in March.

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