World No. 7 Novak Djokovic claimed his first title since winning Wimbledon. He clinched the Tel Aviv Open without dropping a set.
Djokovic routed second seed Croatian Marin Cilic, 6-3, 6-4, in the final of the ATP 250 Tel Aviv Open last Sunday, October 2. This is his third title of the season. The last tournament that the Serbian sensation played was the Laver Cup.
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“I played some very good tennis, I think. I (didn’t) drop a set the entire week,” said Serb superstar. “I hadn’t played a tournament in three months so it was really extra motivation for me to really do well, particularly because people have been so friendly and so supportive of me throughout the week.”
This is the 19th victory of Novak Djokovicas he ruled the Tel Aviv Open and also his 89th career title. The dominance of Djokovic is on full display as he gave Cilic a match he will never forget. The Croatian never found nor encountered any trouble throughout the tournament until he went into the final match against the tennis giant. Cilic did not find any leakage to stop Djokoivc and he was crushed on the fiors set, then the Serb replicated performance in the second set.
Carlos Alcaraz suffers an upset over David Goffin in Astana Open
David Goffin pulled off the biggest upset in the Astana Open as he beat the current World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets 7-5, 6-3. Alcaraz vows that he would “take lessons” from his shock first round exit.
The World No.1 acknowledged the great performance of Goffin. “He played better than me, really, really aggressive,” he said. “I couldn’t handle that pressure that he was pushing on me and of course it’s something that I have to learn and take lessons from this match.”
The Belgian did not find any troubles and nervousness before facing the youngest world no.1 – he squandered two match points in the qualifying match against Italian Luca Nardi. He finds that facing the World no.1 in the big stage with big crowds motivates him to do better and be better.
“I always believe that I have the level to cause some trouble against those guys,” Goffin said. “Of course it has not been my best period, I haven’t been playing really well in the past few tournaments, but I always believe and practice and you never know.”
“When you play against the World No.1 on a big stage, with a big crowd, the fire inside gives you so much power to play your best tennis because you don’t have any choice. You have to fight and give your best and that was the case today. I always believed I had it and I am happy you can still have it there.”
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