Djokovic claims third Madrid Open title after seeing off Tsitsipas

Djokovic claims third Madrid Open title after seeing off Tsitsipas

Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic defeated Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 in the Madrid Open final, claiming his third title at the clay-court event and 33rd ATP Masters 1000 crown.

As is often the case with high-profile players in the latter stages of big tournaments, the markets have got it right, and this is also the situation for the second semi-final, between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafa Nadal, which is due on court not before 2000 United Kingdom time this evening.

Nadal, still seeking his first title of the season, had also failed to make it to the final in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, tournaments he had won the last three consecutive seasons.

After a 3-month drought, Novak Djokovic got back in the win column with a thorough 6-3, 6-4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Madrid final on Sunday. "I don't think I would lose the match if I played like Barcelona 2018 or Australia this year".

"It's more normal what is happening right now than what happened in the last 14 years", he said.

There are just two weeks to go to the year's second tennis Grand Slam - the French Open in Paris.

"I was still kind of trying to find my best game on clay", Djokovic said. "I wasn't playing my best tennis after the Australian Open so I was looking to regain momentum", Djokovic told reporters.

Is Dominic Thiem ready to knock off the Big Three and win his first French Open title, or should you bet the field? Tsitsipas hopes to win his third title of the year and the fourth title of his career.

"It is a sport and in a sport it's a matter of winning and sometimes losing and accepting both as naturally as possible".

While the eighth-time champion would love to extend the streak this week, Nadal said he was also "just playing for my happiness".

"After Indian Wells, I had a big mental drop", Nadal said. In dismissing five-time Madrid champ Nadal, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, he gained a measure of revenge over the King of Clay, after dropping all seven sets they previously contested. "He has that drive and energy, and it will be a good test for me and an opportunity for me to play a tough match and to keep improving".

Later, Rafael Nadal bantered Tsitsipas."I wouldn't want to play with Tsitsipas as a junior without an umpire because he doesn't know the difference between a ball in and a ball out". She had victories over three Grand Slam champions in the Spanish capital - Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova. After saving match points in the previous round, against Gael Monfils, Federer spurned several chances in the second set tiebreak to progress to today's semi-finals before Thiem edged the decider.

Halep is chasing her third Madrid title after winning the tournament in 2016 and 2017.

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