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It could be one of the best rivalry in tennis in the intervening time.
Novak Djokovic grinded out a 5-7, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4) victory over No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz to take dwelling the Western & Southern Open and evened the 2’s all-time document at two.
The victory comes after Alcaraz topped Djokovic within the 2023 Wimbledon Ultimate and the 2 seem to have a stranglehold on the game in the intervening time.
Djokovic’s event win was the ninety fifth of his profession and his thirty ninth Masters 1000 title. The marathon championship set the event document for longest match and Djokovic grew to become the oldest participant to win the event at 36-years-old.
Djokovic acknowledged this by stating how electrical the match was and the way it felt paying homage to a Grand Slam event.
“This was one of many thrilling matches I’ve ever performed in any event,” Djokovic stated as he accepted his trophy. “It felt like a Grand Slam.”
The 16-year age distinction between Djokovic and Alcaraz could possibly be seen as a drawback for the previous, however his capability to stay among the many prime contenders has solely expanded his legacy.
Followers on social media celebrated his victory and acknowledged it is historic significance.
Western & Southern Open @CincyTennis
Danny 🐊 @DjokovicFan_
Novak Djokovic has defeated #1 ranked Carlos Alcaraz regardless of the 16 12 months age distinction. 😭
He gave each final drop of sweat he had and refused to give up on this all-time traditional.
What an inspiration. What an icon. What a fighter.
Novak Djokovic, you’re the best. pic.twitter.com/wtbmbsjQSj
Mario Boccardi @marioboc17
NOVAK DJOKOVIC IS THE CINCINNATI MASTERS CHAMPION 🙌🏼🏆
Unimaginable comeback from 5-7 2-4 down and saving match level in an effort to get a Wimbledon revenge over Carlos Alcaraz
5-7, 7-6, 7-6
thirty ninth Masters title (document) and 68th Large Title (document) general
Unbelievable fighter pic.twitter.com/X6q4C4eogc
José Morgado @josemorgado
WHAT A MATCH!!!
Novak Djokovic comes again from 2-4 down within the 2nd set, saves a match level within the 1st tiebreak and beats #1 Carlos Alcaraz 5-7, 7-6(7), 7-6(4) in 3h50 to win Cincinnati for the third time.
thirty ninth M1000 – his document.
ninety fifth singles title – solely behind Connors &… pic.twitter.com/gyHiHOQ7sh
Pavvy G @pavyg
Essentially the most unbelievable match I’ve ever seen. Novak Djokovic you’re a warrior and an inspiration to thousands and thousands of individuals the world over. @DjokerNole @jelenadjokovic #djokovic pic.twitter.com/KVZLJIVGET
The Tennis Letter @TheTennisLetter
Novak Djokovic d. Carlos Alcaraz 5-7 7-6(7) 7-6
What on earth did we simply watch.
Match level saved.
Longest finest of three Masters ultimate ever.
At age 36, battling the circumstances… clawing his approach by means of a match like this solely provides to his gleaming legacy
✅thirty ninth Masters pic.twitter.com/7Bu6kZ1Hky
NEVER WRITE OFF NOVAK 💯
One set and a break down, battling warmth 🥵
Serbian Soccer @SerbianFooty
WHAT A BATTLE ! WHAT A CHAMPION!!!
Novak Djokovic beats Carlos Alcaraz in an epic battle to take Cincinnati ! 🏆
That took 5 years off my life however the king remains to be the king 👑 🇷🇸 💪
This rivalry is should see TV 🍿 pic.twitter.com/tncGtfAjez
The victory offers Djokovic important momentum heading into the U.S. Open, which begins August 28.