Novak Djokovic emerged victorious in a thrilling rematch against Carlos Alcaraz at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. Djokovic won the match 5-7, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4), after a grueling battle that lasted 3 hours and 49 minutes, making it the longest best-of-three sets final in ATP Tour history since 1990. This win marked Djokovic’s 95th career title, surpassing Ivan Lendl and placing him third among men in the professional era.
In the women’s final, Coco Gauff made history as she became the first teenager in over 50 years to win the Western & Southern Open. She defeated Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-4 to claim the title. It was a significant milestone for the 17-year-old American player, who has shown great promise in her career.
For Djokovic, this tournament marked his return to U.S. soil after a two-year absence due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Serbian player secured his third Cincinnati championship in six years, proving his dominance on the hard court.
The final between Djokovic and Alcaraz was highly anticipated, especially after their previous encounter at Wimbledon, where Alcaraz emerged as the victor. The rematch lived up to expectations, with both players giving their all in a fiercely competitive match. Djokovic’s experience and determination ultimately led to his triumph, avenging his loss and showcasing his resilience.
The match’s duration was made even more remarkable by the scorching temperatures near 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Djokovic’s victory also made him the oldest man to win the championship, surpassing Ken Rosewall, who was 35 when he won in 1970.
During the trophy presentation, Djokovic expressed his admiration for Alcaraz’s tenacity, stating, “You never give up, do you? I love that about you. I hope we meet in New York. That would be fun – well, for the fans, not for me.” With the U.S. Open just around the corner, both players will have another opportunity to face each other on the grand stage.
In the women’s final, Gauff displayed impressive skills and composure as she faced Muchova. The match took place in high temperatures, testing the players’ endurance. Gauff managed to prevail, solidifying her status as a rising star in women’s tennis. Her victory marked her first Masters 1000 title and added another remarkable achievement to her young career.
Gauff’s win made her the fourth teenage finalist in the history of the tournament and the first since Vera Zvonareva in 2004. She also became the first teenage champion since Linda Tuero in 1968, highlighting her tremendous potential and talent.
The Western & Southern Open served as a significant preparation tournament for both Djokovic and Gauff ahead of the U.S. Open, which is scheduled to begin on August 28. Djokovic will enter the tournament with confidence, knowing that he avenged his loss to Alcaraz and secured his third Cincinnati championship. Meanwhile, Gauff’s victory will undoubtedly boost her morale as she aims to make her mark in the Grand Slam event.
As the tennis world shifts its focus to the upcoming U.S. Open, Djokovic and Gauff have proven themselves as formidable contenders. Their performances at the Western & Southern Open have solidified their positions as top players in their respective divisions, and fans can look forward to witnessing their skills and passion on the courts of Flushing Meadows.