In what felt like a redemption for his Wimbledon final loss to Carlos Alcaraz last month, Novak Djokovic defeated the 20-year-old Spaniard 5-7, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4) to win the longest best-of-three Masters final in ATP history.
Ahead of the US Open, the 23-time Grand Slam winner one upped the defending champion in another epic contest between the two this year. And at the end of it, was an emotional celebration to signify just how much it meant to Djokovic before the final grand slam of the year.
Too tough to die 💪
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The Serbian would take a page out of WWE wrestler Hulk Hogan’s book to replicate his famous tearing-the-top celebration, screaming as he did so in Cincinnati.
Djokovic wouldn’t shy away from praising his opponent in his post-match address, a humorous exchange with the reference of another Spanish nemesis to the Serb.
“Boy, you never give up man. Jesus Christ. I love that about you. But sometimes I wish you’d maybe play a few points like this,” he said. Alcaraz, smiling near him, would respond to the same with, “Spanish never die.”
“I’ve heard that before. Or I’ve experienced this before,” pat came the response from Djokovic.
While Alcaraz is the current holder of the men’s US Open and Wimbledon title, Djokovic won the Australian and French Open this year to surpass Nadal’s total grand slam count of 22.