NOVAK CLAIMS JAPAN OPEN CROWN
Tokyo: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic clinched the Japan Open on Sunday, dispelling concerns about the shoulder injury that forced him out of the US Open. The Serbian star crushed Australian qualifier John Millman 6-3, 6-2 to mark his 10th win in a tournament main draw debut.
Djokovic, playing in his first Japanese competition, dominated throughout the week, never losing a single set to claim the trophy at the Ariake Colosseum, a venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Beaming Djokovic, the winner of 16 Grand Slams, now goes to the Shanghai Masters, where he is the top seed. Sunday. Taylor Fritz was pushed the distance by Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, with the American coming out on top in two hours and 40 minutes with a 7-6(2) 6-7(5) 6-4 victory.
Portuguese Joao Sousa was also involved in a three-setter, dropping the first set before beating Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 2-6 6-4 7-6(5). Local favourite Zhizhen Zhang was knocked out in straight sets by Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz who prevailed 7-6(5) 6-4.