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Djokovic is crowned in Astana for his 90th title

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Novak Djokovic needed just 75 minutes to win his 90th career title, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 in the Astana Open final on Sunday.

Djokovic dominated his Greek rival from the start, taking the first game in just over a minute. The Serb did not face a single break point during the match and racked up 15 game winners with just seven unforced errors.

The Wimbledon champion grabbed his fourth title of the year, including the ones he won in Rome and Tel Aviv.

“I always had the illusion of having a successful career,” the 35-year-old Djokovic said. “I had no idea how many finals I was going to play, how many tournaments I was going to win, but my intention was always to reach the top of our sport.”

Tsitsipas, 24, was looking for his third title of 2022 after consecrating himself in Monte Carlo and Mallorca. He saved three of five break balls. He barely won 42% of his points in the second set in contrast to Djokovic’s 80%.

Djokovic sentenced the victory with his third match point, with a backhand. It was his second successive title on indoor courts, since he had just won in Tel Aviv last weekend.

“The 35 is not the 25,” Djokovic said. “But the experience in these types of matches and the big chances help you to focus correctly mentally.”

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