Novak Djokovic claimed his 74th career title with the Mutua Madrid Open. It was his third in Madrid, first since 2016, and his 33rd ATP Masters 1000 title which equals Rafa Nadal.
Djokovic swept through the draws without losing a single set and the Serb maintains his position as world number one but has extended his lead at the top of men’s tennis. Novak, the reigning Rolex Shanghai Masters champion beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 for his second title of the year and first will since the Australian Open.
Djokovic is obviously happy to get out of a little bit of a performance slump since winning the Australian Open and said “this tournament win was very important for my level of confidence”. He said he couldn’t quite find the right game and consistency at Indian Wells, Miami and Monte-Carlo.
“I felt like I was close and needed a little bit of a push, so to say”, Djokovic said, suggesting that his win in the semis over Dominic Thiem was very important. (Against) Stefanos, who had amazing match last night and win against Rafa, probably affected him a little bit. He did not, I think, move as well as he did (against Nadal) and he was probably a bit tired.
“I haven’t dropped a set and, for sure, it’s a great honour to have this trophy and to win in one of the biggest tournaments in the world. It’s a the very important time for me in the year, in the season, because this gives me a lot of confidence prior to Rome and, of course, Roland Garros where I definitely want to play my best.”
Tsitsipas played a truly stunning match to beat Nadal in the semis, it was his first win over the Spaniard and to do it on play was quite an effort. He said Djokovic in the final “deserved the victory, he played unbelievable”.
He added: “I couldn’t do much. Really like I think his performance this week — I didn’t play with all the guys, but pretty sure was the best. So physically I was not there. My legs were not coping with my mind. Completely I could feel the fatigue and this soreness, not just in my legs, but everywhere in my body.”
The doubles title was won by Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau over Diego Schwartzman and Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-3.