Novak Djokovic defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas in Astana Open final to win his 90th career ATP title
Astana, Kazakhstan – “The best of all the days,” Novak Djokovic said about the Astana Open, the final day he spent in Kazakhstan on Sunday. A week earlier, he had beaten the world No. 3 Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals at the China Open.
The Serb from Serbia captured another ATP title with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final, becoming the world No. 1 again. Tsitsipas, who has a chance to become the first man since John McEnroe in 1973 to win 100 ATP titles, had been the No. 4-ranked player and won only seven points over the course of the tournament.
For Djokovic, it was a fitting conclusion to a tournament in which he had won 10 singles and six doubles titles, tying the record set by the Serbian Miljan Djurdjic and Michael Chang in 1992 and 1993, respectively. That year, Djokovic had won the Australian Open – his first singles title at a Grand Slam tournament — and the ATP Finals, where his only career loss had come to the No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal.
“It’s unbelievable,” Djokovic said. “This is another milestone I’ve achieved which I am very happy about. I’ve won three titles, so not bad at all.”
It was Djokovic’s first title back after taking two from Djurdjic at the Shanghai Masters last year. Now, he would complete his career Grand Slam.
“To go back to Grand Slams is always a goal of mine, and this just happens to be another one,” he said. “The other one that was not achieved yet was the Chinese Open