Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Novak Djokovic clinches Japan Open title

Novak Djokovic clinches Japan Open title

The world number one needed one hour and 29 minutes to record a 6-3 6-4 triumph over the third seed, meaning he is still yet to drop a set in his first appearance at the tournament in Tokyo.

Millman started confidently and pushed Djokovic in the opening service game on Sunday but was effectively playing catch-up for most of the set.

The Serbian star urged tennis authorities to find a way to organise matches to minimise harm from the heat, with many experts warning that Tokyo summer temperatures and high humidity may physically impact players, fans and volunteers.

Millman is expected to jump to No.58 in next week's rankings.

John Millman has been in good form and he will hope to cause a big upset in this match. "It's always hard playing against someone like Reilly who has got such a massive serve", Millman said.

"I've always enjoyed playing here, I enjoy the faster conditions but it's a tricky one". "That's when I made a decision with my team that I was ready to play". That's why you go through the graft and some of the tougher times, to give yourself an opportunity like this.

Djokovic has dropped his own serve just twice in four matches so far, albeit he was forced to save four break points against Goffin, who was crowned champion at the event two years ago.

The Australian's only other appearance in an ATP final was a year ago in Budapest, where he lost to Marco Cecchinato.

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He will next meet David Goffin, who beat Hyeon Chung 6-2, 6-2.

It was his first title since Wimbledon and he equalled Rafael Nadal's tour-leading complete of 4 titles in 2019.

Djokovic got off to a strong start, winning the first game with a powerful ace, one of five in the first set.

Pouille fought back to keep the fifth game and in the sixth game, he collected his only break of the match.

Djokovic retired with a left-shoulder injury during his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka at the US Open but has shown no lingering effects in Tokyo.

This was Djokovic's first playing visit to the Japanese capital, and he hopes to return in 2020 to challenge for an Olympic gold medal, one of the few honours to have eluded him. "It's been a very positive week on the court, off the week as well". Hopefully, I'll be able to crown it tomorrow with a trophy.

"I think we both served extremely well and precise, not too much chance for returners", he said in a press conference.

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