Novak Djokovic has returned to winning ways with success in the Tel Aviv Open, his third tournament win of a year disrupted by COVID-19 vaccine-related bans.
Djokovic wins first title since Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic has scooped his 89th career title with victory over Marin Cilic in the Tel Aviv Open final.
Playing his first singles event since winning Wimbledon in July, Djokovic landed a 6-3 6-4 victory, improving his career head-to-head winning record to 19-2 against former US Open champion Cilic.
He broke serve to lead 3-1 in Sunday’s opening set, and then struck immediately in the second set to tighten his grip on the contest, completing the task with a service winner on his first championship point.
This indoor hard-court success goes down as a third title of the year for Djokovic, who won the Internazionali d’Italia on clay before triumphing on the Wimbledon grass. He is the first man to win a title on all three surfaces in 2022 at ATP Tour level.