Novak Djokovic hits form again as he tames Stefanos Tsitsipas in Madrid Open final
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.
Masters 1000 title no. 33 for Nole❗️
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) May 12, 2019
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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