Saturday, October 1, 2022

Novak Djokovic hat-trick in Montreal

It’s been a strange year with so many absences Novak Djokovik, Although we saw him win Wimbledon a few weeks ago, the reality is we remember the Serbian on this Masters 1000 summer tour, where he was always one of the great entertainers. Luckily, we can always look to the past to save some memorable episodes, such as the title of montreal 2007, Just fifteen seasons ago. It was the first time that the Balkans had truly stunned the tennis world, the tournament where she slammed down the door in a scandalous manner, warning of everything ahead. don’t you remember? Sit back and listen to this historical account.

At just 20 years old, Novak Djokovic was ranked No. 4 in the world rankings at the time, although he had touched the podium earlier that year. He had been in the top 100 for only a few seasons, although he started 2007 as number 16. On his record he had 5 individual titles, two received in the 2006 academic year (Amersfort, Metz) and three won before that summer (Adelaide, miami, Estoril). Yes, He was already a Masters 1000 champion, however the award will come a week later than desired. At Indian Wells we saw him fall against Rafa Nadal in the final, an opponent he would beat a few days later in Miami (quarterfinals), and then accelerate to the title leaving Andy Murray and Guillermo Caas in the way. And at the Grand Slam? He still didn’t know what it was like to step into the final, although it wasn’t going to take long.

Curiously, he will reach the Montreal Masters 1000 after a poor experience. After falling in the semifinals at Wimbledon, Belgrade added an unexpected event to its schedule. they decided to travel ATP 250 D Umago, where he made the final in 2006 – he lost to Wawrinka – and where he would now start as the top seed and the big favorite to win. However, in another one of his compatriots appeared to ruin his plans. Victor Troik, a year older than ‘Noelle’, cut him off with a painful comeback (2-6, 6-4, 7-5). This was the first time they had met on the professional circuit and would also be the only time that Trocki had worked wonders. Over the next fourteen, fate ran to the other side. The point is that that defeat caused a man from Belgrade to lose a place in the classification and reach Canada as No. 4 in the world. As luck would have it, the other three who were ahead were his dance partners in Quebec.

Novak Djokovic hat-trick in Montreal

Before we get to the main course, let’s start with the starters, which weren’t bad either. Novak Djokovic started the tournament by beating him in his debut match Nicholas Kiefer (#254) for a double 6-3, taking advantage of the time the German was returning after a time stoppage due to injury. Things started to get complicated with the appearance of the round of 16 David Nalbandian, #26 That week in the world. It was the first time he had faced Argentina, five years older than Novak. It also didn’t get worse: 6-2 and 6-3. As if nothing had happened, the Serbian began his adventure by defeating a former No. 4 and a former No. 3 in the world, enough to withstand the barbarism that awaited him in the next three rounds.

Quarterfinals, Andy Roddick (#3)

True, Roddick’s poster in 2007 already featured a player who was dropped from supporting roles. His outburst after winning the 2003 US Open and becoming No. 1 was hardly a trip, as two aliens would soon arrive to steal the spotlight. Nevertheless, he was still part of the top 3 of the rankings and reached Montreal after winning the title in Washington last week. Since the end of the Clay Tour, the American had won 19 of his last 21 matches, but could not beat Djokovic that day. they met for the first time And the Belgrade man did not wave his pulse (7-6, 6-4). Of course, Andy will retire in 2012 with the privilege of being one of the few players with H2H friendly against Knoll (4-5).

Semifinals, Rafa Nadal (#2)

Nadal thought again, Djokovic must have thought. the man who He had beaten them in five of their six fights So far. In 2007 alone, the Spaniard cut him in the Indian Wells Final, Rome Quarterfinal, Roland Garros Semi Final and, again, Wimbledon Semi Final. No one remembered his win against the Spaniard in the Miami quarterfinals, although that match on hard court would once again be his compass to punch the table. Thanks to his 11 aces and all break balls saved (8/8), Balkan dressed up as a hero (7-5, 6-3) and advanced to the third Masters 1000 final of his career, where Prince Charming Were waiting for him.

Novak Djokovic hat-trick in Montreal

Finalist, Roger Federer (#1)

Because Federer represented everything beautiful, neat. He was the best in the world since 2004, when he finally put his dirty tricks behind and focused solely on playing. There he had no opponents, he only suffered when a certain Rafa Nadal crossed his path, but the Spaniard had lost the day before, so everyone took it lightly. Swiss and Serbian They had met four times: all victories for Roger, The data didn’t invite us to think about the surprise, much less taking into account the Helvetian stuff in the final. He had won 38 trophies in the last three and a half years, having lost only seven times in the final (six against Nadal and one against Nalbandian). The challenge that was presented to him from Belgrade was not an easy one, but his confidence led him to sign a heroic act.

The show lasted 2 hours 13 minutes and Novak (7-6, 2-6, 7-6) won. To this day, looking at the statistics, many wonder how the Serbian could have won that match, if he had not been better than Roger in any respect. Very easy: play better in tiebreaks, It will be a seminal stretch during the rivalry that currently dominates the Balkans 27–23. That Sunday Lightbulb signed several records to his personal account. It was the first time he had defeated Federer, or the same, the first time he had beaten the current world No. It was also the first time that anyone had beaten Federer and Nadal in the same tournament, although this data would only gain prestige over the years. Novak was champion in her first participation in Canada, a feat she had not achieved in any other Masters 1000.

By the way, do you know which players won that tournament recently? Andy Roddick picked it up in 2003, Roger Federer did so in 2004 and 2006, while Rafael Nadal He filled the missing gap in 2005. In fact, Djokovic had not only topped the top 3 of the world rankings on consecutive days, he had also knocked out the event’s last three champions. a hat-trick Joe represented the Serbian’s first vandalism on the circuit, who would move to his first Grand Slam final in New York weeks later. There he crossed paths again with Federer, although this time the Swiss showed no mercy. Novak finished the season as No. 3 with five titles and a 68–19 record. Only Roger and Rafa could stop him at a Grand Slam, a sure sign to understand that he was ready to sit at the same table with them.

Novak Djokovic hat-trick in Montreal

Fantastic Four

15 years have passed since that glorious 2007 Canadian Masters, which is enough to appreciate what this man did when he was only 20 years old. Since 1968, the season in which the Open Era began, only four players in history have achieved First three wins in the same tournament of world ranking.

  • boris baker In Stockholm 1994: Stitch, Sampras, Ivancevic.
  • Novak Djokovik A Montreal 2007: Roddick, Nadal, Federer.
  • David Nalbandian Madrid in 2007: Nadal, Djokovic, Federer.
  • Daniil Medvedev ATP Penalty in 2020: Djokovic, Nadal, Thiem.

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