Novak Djokovic defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas in Astana Open final to win his 90th career ATP title
The second-seeded Serbian, the 2010 Wimbledon champion and finalist in the 2015 French Open, defeated Tsitsipas 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(6) to win his first ATP title at the Astana Open, a tournament he would later dub the “Championship of Champions.”
It was Djokovic’s 30th career title, six more than Rafael Nadal, who captured the career record.
Djokovic became the first man since Andre Agassi in 2003 to win three consecutive ATP Tour singles titles and the first man to win a career-defining major since Andre Agassi in the 2003 US Open.
Djokovic began his quest for a third straight Wimbledon singles crown on Aug. 28, 2015, when he upset world No. 1 Rafael Nadal to become just the second man to defeat the top two ranked players in the single-elimination stage.
Djokovic has now won 25 career Grand Slam matches, including 15 on grass.
In the opening set, Tsitsipas rallied to take the first set, and then was up 2-0 in the second.
Tsitsipas, who also suffered two tiebreakers in the first set, rallied in the tiebreak to force a third set tiebreaker. Tsitsipas led 5-7 in the third set before Djokovic took command and went on to win the fourth set, the first set of which included a break tiebreak, 6-4.
Djokovic broke serve in both the fourth and fifth set to go on to win the fifth set 6-2, and he broke serve to win the final set, 4-0.
Tsitsipas fell to 30-14 lifetime.
“I feel so good. I’m feeling great,” Djokovic said. “I think today I had a clear plan. It was just good to execute it and be aggressive, and after that, it was pretty simple: one more point and I win. That’s it.”
Djokovic now has a career-best 19 career Grand Slam singles titles and will move up to No. 2 in the ATP rankings.