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Djokovic beats Tsitsipas to win third Madrid Open title

World number one, Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday to win the Madrid Open for a third time.

The 31-year-old Serbian cruised 6-3 6-4 in one hour 32 minutes to earn a record-equalling 33rd Masters 1000 title – same as Rafael Nadal, who crashed out in the last four.

It was Djokovic’s 74th Tour title.

“This is a very important win for me, especially for my confidence,” Djokovic told Sky Sports.

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“I wasn’t playing my best tennis after the Australian Open so I was looking to regain momentum. I played some of my best tennis here.”

On his opponent, he added: “I needed to step up, Stefanos is very talented. He beat Rafa yesterday, he had a late night and he wasn’t as dynamic in his movement and that was probably due to his long match.”

Tsitsipas, who saved three match points, said of Djokovic: “It’s inspiring what you do, simply amazing. You deserve it.

“You had a great week. It was also a great one for me, with good memories and good crowd support.”

If Djokovic goes on to win the French Open next month, he will hold all four Grand Slam titles.

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