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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.