Novak Djokovic clinched his 90th career title as he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 in the final of ATP 500 Astana Open on Sunday.
It was the ninth consecutive match victory for the fourth seed, who won the title a week ago in Tel Aviv.
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It was the fourth title of 2022 for Djokovic.
I’m happy he’s putting these points on the board. It benefits nobody to have him at 7 in the world when his level hasn’t changed. He should have his points from Wimbledon
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) October 9, 2022
When the on-court interviewer observed that Djokovic probably never dreamed of 90 ATP Tour titles, Djokovic shook his head.
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“I dared to dream, actually,” said Djokovic, who needed only 75 minutes to win the final.
“I always hoped that I would be going to have a great career.
“Obviously, didn’t know the amount of finals I was going to play, the amount of tournaments I was going to win, but my intention was always to reach the highest heights in our sport.”
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Djokovic admitted he returned to tennis hungrier after spending three months away from tennis since winning Wimbledon.
“I could not ask for a better re-start of the season,” he said.
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“I’m super-pumped and motivated to end the season as well as I have done these past couple of weeks.”
For the third-seeded Greek Tsitsipas, it was the ninth time he played in an ATP 500 final – and the ninth time he came up empty.