Djokovic tops Tsitsipas at Astana Open to collect 90th tour title


Novak Djokovic wanted solely 75 minutes to win his 90th tour title, overcoming third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 within the remaining of the Astana Open on Sunday.

Djokovic dominated his Greek opponent from the beginning, successful the primary recreation in little greater than a minute. The Serb didn’t face a break level within the match and hit 15 winners with solely seven unforced errors.

It was the Wimbledon champion’s fourth title of the yr, together with Rome and Tel Aviv.

“I at all times hoped that I’d be going to have an amazing profession,” the 35-year-old Djokovic stated. “Obviously, did not know the quantity of finals I used to be going to play, the quantity of tournaments I used to be going to win, however my intention was at all times to attain the best heights in our sport.”

The fourth-seeded Tsitsipas, 24, who was chasing his third title of 2022 after Monte Carlo and Mallorca, saved three of 5 break factors. He gained solely 42 per cent of his second serve factors in distinction to Djokovic’s 80 per cent.

Djokovic transformed his third match level with a backhand winner for his second straight indoor hardcourt title after successful in Tel Aviv final week.

“You know, 35 is just not 25,” Djokovic stated. “But I believe the expertise, most likely, in these sorts of matches and large events helps as nicely to strategy mentally in the appropriate means.”

Krejcikova stuns Swiatek to take Agel Open

Iga Swiatek misplaced in a remaining for the primary time in three years as Barbora Krejcikova claimed her second title in successive weeks at the Agel Open on Sunday.

Home favorite Krejcikova rallied from a set down to win the ultimate 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Krejcikova hit her seventh ace to convert her sixth match level. The Czech prevailed in 3 hours, 16 minutes on an indoor hard-court within the jap Czech metropolis of Ostrava.

It was her first victory over top-ranked Swiatek after two defeats.

French and U.S. Open champion Swiatek introduced a 10-win streak into the ultimate whereas Krejcikova got here in with an eight-win streak from taking Tallinn final weekend.

The Czech obtained the decisive break within the eighth recreation of the ultimate set earlier than serving the match out to win her fifth profession title.

“It feels nice,” stated Krejcikova, the 2021 French Open champion. She thanked Swiatek “for bringing the very best out of me right now.”

It was solely the second loss for Swiatek in her 12 profession finals. She was beforehand overwhelmed by Polona Hercog in her debut remaining in Lugano in 2019.

After her semifinal victory over Ekaterina Alexandrova on Saturday, Swiatek grew to become the primary WTA Tour participant since 2017 to obtain 60 wins in a calendar yr.

In the primary set, Swiatek saved three break factors within the third recreation earlier than constructing a 5-1 lead. Krejcikova got here again with two breaks however Swiatek transformed her third set level.

She got here again from 4-2 down within the second set earlier than dropping the tiebreaker.

Fritz beats Tiafoe in Japan Open remaining

Taylor Fritz defeated Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) in an all-American Japan Open remaining on Sunday.

It was an ideal 5 days for Fritz in Tokyo, who arrived at the match simply after the top of his seven days of quarantine in Seoul following a constructive COVID-19 take a look at.

“[It is] loopy, I do not even suppose it is set in simply how briskly the final 4 or 5 days have been,” Fritz stated after changing into the primary American to win the Japan Open since Pete Sampras final gained it in 1996.

“It’s so loopy, and I could not have written it any higher.”

Tiafoe had come into the ultimate on the again of successful 13 straight singles tiebreakers, however Fritz dominated the ultimate along with his aggressive hitting.


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