Novak Djokovic defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Astana Open final to win his 90th career ATP title.



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Novak Djokovic claimed his 90th career ATP Tour title by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Astana Open in Kazakhstan.

The Serbian needed just 76 minutes to win 6-3, 6-4 and seal his place at November’s ATP Finals in Turin, Italy.

The victory at the Astana Open was Djokovic’s second consecutive title, having won the Tel Aviv Open in Israel the previous week.

The back-to-back triumphs are an impressive return to the Tour for Djokovic, who missed nearly three months and the entire American hard court swing, including the US Open, due to his unvaccinated status.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion is fifth all-time in titles won on the Tour, behind Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl and Rafael Nadal.

Despite dropping to seventh in the world rankings following his absence from the North American tournaments, Djokovic will undoubtedly enter the prestigious ATP Finals as the favourite.

“I’m very grateful and blessed to be able to play so well at this stage in my life,” Djokovic told the ATP after the match.

“You know, 35 is not the same as 25, but I think the experience probably in those kinds of big games and big occasions also helps to focus mentally in the right way.”

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