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Djokovic Beats Tsitsipas In Dubai To Win 79th Career Title

Novak Djokovic captured his 79th profession title on Saturday when he gained the Dubai Championships for the fifth time, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-Three, 6-Four within the last.

The world primary is now on an 18-Zero profitable run this season, and 21-Zero total since late 2019, as he ended an eight-match win streak for his Greek opponent, champion final weekend in Marseille.

Djokovic claimed his third trophy of 2020 after serving to Serbia to the ATP Cup and profitable an eighth Australian Open.

It is usually the seventh time that the 32-year-old has gained greater than 20 matches on the trot.

Tsitsipas misplaced his second straight last in Dubai after happening to Roger Federer a 12 months in the past.

“It was close in both sets,” Djokovic mentioned. “Just a few factors determined it, I’ve had a terrific week.

“I’m most happy with my consistency this week, particularly on photographs from the baseline.”

The highest seed produced a simple win in 79 minutes after a close-call semi-final the place he saved three match factors towards Gael Monfils.

“I was just a point from going out, I might not have been here,” the winner mentioned. “Nevertheless it exhibits how shortly issues can flip.

“I recognize the second, I’ve actually performed effectively in my matches this week. There have been some ups and downs, however that’s regular.”

Djokovic broke for 5-Three within the opening set and served it out moments later.

The second set was barely tighter, with the Serbian shedding a break as Tsitsipas levelled at Three-all.

However Djokovic got here by once more with a break for 5-Four as his opponent hit the web.

A recreation later, Djokovic was lifting one other trophy as he discovered the nook with a winner.

“Tsitsipas is a player for now, much more than for the future,” Djokovic mentioned of his sixth-ranked opponent.

“He’s already been very successful. He’s more than just a great player, he’s very charismatic and brings a lot to the game.”

Djokovic added: “I’ve had a great start to the season, I love playing on hard courts. They’ve been my most successful surface so far.”

Djokovic will keep primary on the ATP rankings on Monday to begin a 280th week atop the desk.

He was enjoying the ultimate in Dubai for a sixth time in 11 appearances. It was, nonetheless, his first last on the match since 2015 when he misplaced to Federer.

Coming into the championship match, the 21-year-old Greek had misplaced only one set this week.

Djokovic was additionally awarded a ‘golden visa’ by the Dubai authorities and has agreed to return to defend his title in 2021.

AFP

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