NO­VAK CLAIMS JA­PAN OPEN CROWN

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

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.

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