By Jawad Hussain
KARACHI, October 6, 2019 (SNN247.com) – World number two Novak Djokovic of Serbia bid adios to a tame phase in his ATP career on Sunday when he lifted the Japan Open 2019 title in Tokyo, Japan.
In the highly-anticipated match between world number two and world number 80, it was the top-seeded player who stamped his authority.
Novak Djokovic outclassed John Millman of Australia in a one-sided final with a straight-sets victory by 6-3, 6-2. The victory proved Djokovic’s successful surge from the fitness blues, which kept him out of quality action in the last few weeks.
The Serb was on top of his game right throughout the tournament. In the knock-out round, Djokovic lost only 15 games as he surged to his fourth title of the year. The Japan Open 2019 title triumph is the 76th of Novak Djokovic’s career.
This was the first appearance for Novak Djokovic on any tennis court since he withdrew from the US Open in September earlier this year. A shoulder injury had cut short his stay in the final Grand Slam tournament of the Year at Flushing Meadows in New York.
The Rakuten Japan Open final lasted for only an hour and 10 minutes, during which, Serb champion brought his A-game. The Serb was phenomenal right throughout the tournament as he didn’t drop a single set during his matches in Tokyo this year.
It was the second time John Millman had qualified into an ATP tournament’s final. He looked in great shape to clinch his maiden ATP title but the experienced Djokovic proved too big a hurdle to cross for the 30-year-old Aussie. Despite the loss in the title match, Millman is set to make the biggest jump of his career in the ATP Rankings. The Aussie is set to jump 22 places to the 58th rank in the latest update of the ATP Rankings on Monday. The Aussie also pursed Australian dollars 289,000 for finishing runners-up in the tournament.
John Millman won a total of six matches during the Japan Open. It all started in the opening qualifier against America’s Bradley Klahn, when he saved three match points to get the campaign off the mark. He defeated seeded players like Borna Coric and Benoit Paire on his way to the final where he challenged the most fearsome player in the world.
Unfortunately, his bid for the first ATP title ended up on the losing side for the second time as Djokovic proved too good for him.