Novak Djokovic beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to win third title — Madrid Open

Novak Djokovic beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to win third title — Madrid Open

MADRID-Rafael Nadal was concerned going into his first match at the Madrid Open.

In the women's singles, world No. 1 Naomi Osaka is through to the quarter-finals for the first time after she eased past Belarussian Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-3.

And I said to myself that would be even better if you overcome this hard test today. "I knew what I had to do, it was clear to me, but I just wasn't capable of doing it. It was also a great one for me, with good memories and good crowd support". "We don't have to dwell too much on it".

But a missed volley followed and, at the fourth time of asking, a relieved Tsitsipas finally got over the line when a tired Nadal backhand hit the net.

Djokovic had also stuttered, enduring early exits in Indian Wells, Miami and then Monte Carlo, but Thiem found the 31-year-old close to his best.

The five-time Madrid champion raced to another gain to take the contest to a decider, though Tsitsipas recovered his composure and was rewarded with a pivotal break in game five.

"I thought he was the favourite coming into this match because of his win in Barcelona and the way he played winning against Roger yesterday", said Djokovic. But this year it hasn't been the case. "I'm really looking forward to continuing this streak in Rome (at the Italian Open)".

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He will play Rafael Nadal or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

Overall Nadal looked reasonably sharp all match, serving well and moving quickly across the court against a player who is just 18 years of age. "I had to stop for two weeks and mentally I dropped".

Tsitsipas, who beat Djokovic in their previous meeting last summer in Canada, was broken once in each set, enough of a margin for the top seed to take the trophy, his second of the season after the Australian Open. He is the tour's winningest player in 2019 with 27 wins. That is because he was beaten at the semi-final stage in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, two events which he had nearly made his own over the years.

Novak Djokovic celebrated a lot more than a record-tying 33rd Masters 1000 title at the Madrid Open. "I wasn't playing my best tennis after Australia so I was looking to regain momentum this week", Djokovic said in an on-court interview.

The Greek Freak became the youngest player in tennis history to secure wins over tennis' Big 3 - Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer. "Now I am feeling better in matches and I think every one gives me the chance to get better".

And Djokovic showed just how fresh he was during a insane point in the first set tiebreaker.

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