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 last of the Astana Open on Sunday.

Djokovic dominated his Greek opponent from the beginning, profitable the primary sport 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 ideal profession,” the 35-year-old Djokovic mentioned. “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 very 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 received 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 profitable in Tel Aviv final week.

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

Fritz beats Tiafoe in Japan Open last

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

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

“[It is] loopy, I do not even assume it is set in simply how briskly the final 4 or 5 days have been,” Fritz mentioned after turning into the primary American to win the Japan Open since Pete Sampras final received 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 profitable 13 straight singles tiebreakers, however Fritz dominated the ultimate together with his aggressive hitting.


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