New York (AP) – Two days before the start of the US Open, Novak Djokovic, world number one, backed his favorite position and took his 35th title in a Masters Series tournament.
The 33-year-old tennis professional from Serbia defeated Canadian Milos Raonic in two hours at the hard court event, which was moved from Cincinnati to New York despite intermittent neck problems with 1: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4.
With his 35th title in a tournament in the second highest category after the Grand Slams, Djokovic tied the score with record holder Rafael Nadal. Djokovic is unbeaten this year. For him it was already the 23rd victory in a row. He’s not only been considered a top favorite at the US Open since the cancellations of Nadal and Roger Federer. The Serbian is aiming for his 18th Grand Slam triumph from Monday.
Previously, Djokovic had caused a stir with plans for a competitive players association for the men’s organization ATP and initiated debates in men’s tennis. Nadal contradicted Djokovic on social networks, calling on the players for unity and constructive cooperation instead of separation.