Djokovic edges Bautista Agut to set up final with Raonic By Reuters

Djokovic edges Bautista Agut to set up final with Raonic By Reuters

The Serbian may be the world's current best player, but his recent hardcourt matchups with Bautista Agut has proven to be a challenge for Djokovic.

He will next handle Raonic, who utilized his beast serve to upset Greek world number 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 ( 5) 6-3 in their semi-final clash, introducing 12 aces and winning 90% of his very first serves to make an area in his 22nd final.

Taming his strokes nicely, Djokovic had the edge in the shortest and mid-range exchanges, gathering momentum ahead of the decider where he was the favorite.

"I just didn't feel good on the court at all, in any aspect, of my game and the body but somehow I managed to pull this one through".

Bautista Agut took four games in a row but failed to serve out the match at 6-5 and was swept in the deciding tiebreak.

Djokovic was listless in the first set, looking exactly the way one might have expected given that he laboured through a three-hour semifinal a day earlier, repeatedly grabbing his stomach and twice having his neck massaged by a trainer. Milos held at 30 in the first game with a forehand victor, wasting a break chance in the next one and forging a 2-1 advantage with a service victor. I took the time to train, to try to do things right, to get myself to a stage I haven't been before with my tennis, with my health.

It has also been a resurgent week for Azarenka, who prior to the Western & Southern Open had not won a singles match since this time past year. On the brink of defeat Bautista Agut rallied, breaking back down 3-5 to level the match and, with Djokovic making careless errors, found himself serving for the match at 6-5. "I'm able to play more on my terms and quicker on in the points".

"I'm feeling good about my tennis". The Canadian secured another break in game six following Novak's double fault, sealing the opener with an ace in game seven for a 6-1 after 30 minutes. I really haven't done, in the last couple of years, well in NY, and I would love to this year.

It was there that Djokovic, clearly struggling physically, summoned up some strength to break back and force a tie-breaker, which he won 7-0.

The 33-year-old Serbian star won his 80th career title, improving to 23-0 in 2020 and 11-0 all-time against Raonic, while capturing his 35th ATP Masters Series crown, matching Rafael Nadal's all-time record.

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