Novak Conquers Japan: Djoković Demonstrates Class in Tokyo and Wins His 76th Career Title

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The 16-time Grand Slam champion won the title in Tokyo, which is his 76th career trophy. The Serb also won 500 ATP points in the capital of Japan, thus increasing the advantage over Spain’s Rafael Nadal to 1,140 points in the ATP Rankings. 

The difference in class between Djoković and Millman was more than evident. Unlike the previous two matches he played in Tokyo, Novak didn’t immediately take away his rival’s service in the first game. But he did it right in the fourth game of the first set. Once Djokovic took the 3-1 lead in the first set, it was mostly a one-sided match.  

Although it was uncertain whether Nole would play in Tokyo due to his shoulder injury and pain he felt after the US Open, Djoković has been very dominant throughout the tournament. It’s almost safe to assume that his shoulder pain is a thing of the past now. 

This was Djoković’s debut in the capital of Japan. And as all his fans hope, this was just a prelude to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which will take place at the same stadium. 

This is why Nole told the audience after the match that he can’t wait to return next year to this stadium. 

I played in Tokyo for the first time, and this has been an amazing week for me. Thanks to all those who organized this competition and who gave us such good treatment in the tournament. Honestly, I can’t wait to go back to the Olympics next year. Thanks to the audience who came every day to cheer for us, you brought passion and love to this game. We felt that what we were doing had an even greater purpose, said Novak after the triumph. 

Nole now has 10,365 points in the new ATP list, while runner-up Nadal remains at 9,225. Djoković’s win in Tokyo also guarantees that he will stay on the top of the ATP rankings after the Shanghai Masters 1000, regardless of the outcome of that tournament.  

The World No, 3, Roger Federer, now has around 3,000 points less than Djoković. 

Djoković will play Denis Shapovalov in the second round of Shanghai Masters on Wednesday, October 9. The two players have faced each other three times, with Djoković beating him twice – in Rome 2019 and Australian Open 2019.