Novak Djokovic defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas in Astana Open final to win his 90th career ATP title at the Astana Arena.
ATP World Tour Finals Novak Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals on Saturday in Astana, Kazakhstan, to become the fifth man to win a career-ending title on the ATP World Tour, tying Björn Borg, Rod Laver and Jimmy Connors. It was Djokovic’s record seventh career ATP World Tour singles title.
Novak Djokovic won his 90th career ATP singles title with a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory in the final on Saturday over Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The fourth-seeded Croatian stunned the Greek in the third set – then dominated the first set and the second, serving at match point at 5-3. Tsitsipas had a huge second serve to return in the fourth game but couldn’t break Djokovic on his first chance.
Novak Djokovic, who is the third youngest Swiss player to win an ATP World Tour tournament, is the world No.1 and holds all five ATP Tour singles titles (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).
The seventh-seeded Serbian also broke Tsitsipas in the second set to win the first set again and had a break to lead 5-3 in the second set.
Tsitsipas broke serve in the second game to give himself a chance as he held serve at 3-4 in the second set.
In the fifth game Djokovic saved five break points, breaking Tsitsipas for an important lead which he would not relinquish.
The two faced each other again in the seventh game – this time Tsitsipas broke Djokovic with his forehand to drop the second set.
The Greek lost his fourth set match at the 2013 French Open.
Djokovic’s third title of the clay courts came against his rival last year. Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the final of the 2017 Monte Carlo Masters.
Serbian Davis Cup team coach Ivana Jovanovic said after the match: “I would like to congratulate Novak on being our champion.