Novak Djokovic hits form again as he tames Stefanos Tsitsipas in Madrid Open final

Novak Djokovic winning

Novak Djokovic brushed aside Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Madrid Open final to win the title for a third time and show why he will be one of the favourites for the French Open.

The world No 1 required just one hour and 32 minutes to beat Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to match Rafael Nadal on 33 ATP Masters 1000 trophies.

Having beaten Nadal in a brilliant semi-final on Saturday, Tsitsipas was clearly feeling the effects of the long match as he struggled to match the Serb.

Djokovic, who looked sluggish before his quarter-final exit at the Monte-Carlo Masters a fortnight ago, broke once in each set – in game two of the opener and game nine of the second – to ease to victory.

“I wasn’t playing my best tennis after the Australian Open so I was looking to regain momentum,” the Serb said. “I played some of my best tennis here.”

He added: “He’s [Tsitsipas] very talented, he beat Rafa yesterday, he had a late night and he wasn’t as dynamic in his movement and that was probably due to his long match.”

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