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Djokovic beats Millman: Clinches Japan Open title
World No.1 Novak Djokovic won his first Japan Open title and the 76th of his career after a dominant 6-3, 6-2 win over Australian John Millman in the final on Sunday.
It was a triumphant return to the tour for Djokovic, who had withdrawn from the US Open in the fourth round due to a shoulder injury. It was the 10th time the Serb had clinched a title on his tournament debut. The top seed needed only 69 minutes to dispatch Millman, who was playing in his maiden ATP 500 final.
The 32-year-old was totally dominant in the tournament, winning the title without dropping a set. “It was a fantastic week in every sense,” said Djokovic. “I felt great on the court. I didn’t drop a set, played really well, served great. Just overall, it was a great experience. We had a tough battle in the first set. In the second set, I stepped it up, started swinging through the ball even better. Overall, it was a great outing for him as well.”
Djokovic won a whopping 87% of his first service points and fired six aces, never giving Millman a whiff of a break point. He also broke the Australian, ranked 79 places below him, three times in the match. Millman was simply no match for Djokovic, who fired 23 winners and also won eight of the 12 points at the net.
“I hope everyone around the world realises just how good you (Djokovic) are,” Millman said at the trophy presentation. “You’re an absolute champion and you’re the type of person who’s going to be remembered forever. Your legacy is continuing to build and will just live on long after you’ve finished playing. But I’m sure you’ve got a fair few more years left.” Djokovic has already qualified for next month’s season-ending ATP Finals in London.
Thiem does it
Top seed Dominic Thiem recovered from a set down to win the China Open final in Beijing on Sunday and claim the 15th singles title of his career. The Austrian defeated Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Thiem, 26, had defeated former World No.1 Andy Murray on the way to the title and also booked his spot in the ATP Finals.
Osaka wins China Open
Naomi Osaka won a second tournament on the spin as she fought back from a set down to defeat World No.1 Ashleigh Barty in the China Open final in Beijing on Sunday. The two-time Grand Slam champion from Japan emerged victorious after 110 minutes, by a scoreline of 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.