Djokovic’s  first title this year. He began the final with two forehand winners, but on the second one a bad bounce helped him. Tsitsipas  broke his racquet after losing his service game for the second time. In the second set he improved, led 4:1* (40/30), but the Serb broke back exposing Tsitsipas’ liable backhand – the Greek was unable to accelerate the pace with his left wing. In the tie-break there was 5-all (Djoke led 5:2) when the best player in the world took the last two points. “I pleasantly surprised myself I can say. I had a clear game plan and I knew what to expect, so I knew what I had to do, but I did play a perfect first set,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview. “After that it was a little tighter. At this level, one or two points can turn a match. The match could easily have gone to a third set but I managed to find the right shots at the right time to come back into the match. The tie-break I was maybe an inch better, but it was a tight, tight tie-break for both of us.”
Djokovic’s route to his 87th title:
2 Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 6-2
3 Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-2
Q Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-5, 7-6(1)
S Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-3
W Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0, 7-6(5)
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