From searching for his form to winning the Madrid Open, the transformation has been absolute for the World no.1 in just 1 week.
Before this win, the Serbian star was not doing particularly well this season as he had managed to enter just one quarterfinal in last 3 tournaments after winning the Australian Open this January.
Djokovic beat the Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets 6-3 6-4. This victory is unique for Djokovic for two things, first, he has completed 200 victories against a top 10 ranked players and second, he has equalled the record of Rafael Nadal of winning 33 ATP Masters 1000 titles.
Djokovic was elated after the win and commented:
“These are the best tournaments, biggest tournaments we have in our sport, in the ATP, of course alongside the Grand Slams. This is as important and as good as it gets.”
Further, he said:
“I’m very pleased. I was saying after yesterday’s semi-final win that it was a very, very important win for me for my confidence. I wasn’t playing my best tennis after Australia so I was looking to regain the momentum this week. I started off well. I didn’t drop a set the entire tournament, so I’m very pleased. I played some of my best tennis here.”
Djokovic broke the very first serve of Tsitsipas in the 2nd game of the match (2-0) and that set the tone of the match. Djokovic did not allow the eighth seed to come back after that and won the set easily by 6-3.
The world no.1 had the chance to break Tsitsipas’ serve in the 3rd game of the second set but the Greek somehow managed to hold on his serve. Both the players won their service game till the 8th game (4-4), in the 9th game, the Serbian star broke Tsitsipas’ service and then went on to hold his serve and win the second set 6-4.
Djokovic won the match 6-3 6-4 in 1 hour and 33 minutes.
After the match, Djokovic commented about his opponent:
“Obviously I needed to step in. He’s very talented. He beat Rafa yesterday and I think they finished the match around midnight. He had a very late night. I could see he wasn’t as dynamic in his movements as he was last night. That’s probably due to the long match he had. But he’s had a terrific week and it’s a big win obviously for me today and in this tournament. I’m really looking forward to continuing this streak in Rome.”
Tsisipas will become world no.7 on Monday and he has the most number of ATP tour wins (27).
WHAT A MOMENT!
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