TENNIS

Cincinnati Open Tennis: Djokovic Outduels Alcaraz In Epic Final To Claim Title

Novak Djokovic overcame a match point and stifling heat to beat world number one Carlos Alcaraz and win the Cincinnati Open in a heart-pounding thriller.

Djokovic collapsed on his back and ripped his shirt open after triumphing in the nearly four-hour contest to get revenge for his loss to the young Spaniard in last month's Wimbledon Final.

In the deciding set, Djokovic broke for a 5-3 lead but would then squander two match points in the next game.

The drama would continue when Djokovic missed an overhead for 5-5 and the players would ultimately arrive at another tiebreak, which Djokovic won on his fifth match point of the contest.

The win delivered Djokovic his 95th career title and 39th Masters 1000 Crown.

The tournament was Djokovic's first on U.S. soil in two years after he was barred from entering the country because he is not vaccinated against covid-19.

He will look to add a 24th grand slam trophy to his collection at the upcoming U.S. Open, which runs from Aug. 28-sept. 10.