Novak Djokovic Wins His 33rd Masters Title at Mutua Madrid Open 2019

Published 05/12/2019, 2:21 PM EDT
Novak Djokovic


The World Number one, Novak Djokovic made it to the finals at the Spanish capital without dropping a set in the entire tournament. And the other finalist, Stefanos Tsitsipas played a thespian match last night by taking out the ‘King of Clay’, Rafael Nadal in a three-set long semifinal thriller.

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Novak Djokovic won 6-3, 6-4 in the championship match at the Mutua Madrid Open 2019. With this win, Novak Djokovic ties Rafa’s record in terms of Masters title count and extends that number to 33 in Caja Magica.

The Serbian, Novak Djokovic held his serve in the opening game and then received an early break as the Greek lad widened a forehand stroke. Tsitsipas’ drop shots bothered the Serb, but nevertheless, he consolidated his break to take a 3-0 lead in the opening set of the Madrid finals.   

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Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated by Novak Djokovic in the Madrid final

Stefanos Tsitsipas flicking his wrist while Djokovic on the net, that awestruck the audience as he aced a forehand winner for a game point. Both the men were clinging on to their serves thereafter. Djokovic’s angled forehands and down the line strokes were refusing the 20-year-old Greek to avenge for his break of serve. The early break of serve by Novak Djokovic and the dominant service games aided him to seal the first set 6-3.

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The Serb, Novak Djokovic got two break opportunities in the third game of the second set, but Stefanos Tsitsipas gained confidence and effaced the breakpoints and held his serve at 2-1. In Madrid, the Serb was just broken by Dominic Thiem in the semifinals and he was run continuing with his unbroken-serve run in the finals and also did not face a break point in the entire championship match. 

Novak Djokovic

Stefanos Tsitsipas’ break of serve at 5-4 changed the outcome of the match. Djokovic lifted up his third trophy in Madrid after playing an elongated final game which consisted of multiple deuces. 

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After incessant tennis for one week for Djokovic and Tsitsipas playing finals for two consecutive Sundays one in Estoril and the other in Madrid, now both men will now travel to Rome for the next Masters event, Italian Open 2019 which has already begun.

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