Novak Djokovic won his first title since Wimbledon, after a dominant display against Marin Cilic in the final of the Tel Aviv Open.
The top seed stormed past Cilic in straight sets, 6-3 6-4, and did not face a break point in the first set in his first final since July.
Very happy to win this new title! 🏆❤️😄🙌🏼 Thank you to @telavivopen and all the fans for the amazing support and reception that my team and I received during this week in Israel 🙏🏼❤️
📸: Jack Guez pic.twitter.com/NAhblqxh7m
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) October 2, 2022
Djokovic has played just one other event since his 21st Grand Slam title win – last week’s Laver Cup defeat to Team World in London – after he was ruled out of the US Open in August and September because of his coronavirus vaccine status.
“My approach is to win tournaments wherever I am and I’m glad that I have a team of people around me that makes sure that I am in the best shape in order to be a contender to win titles,” Djokovic told the ATP Tour’s official website.
“That’s why I came to Israel, was to try to win the title. First time playing here [since a] Davis Cup tie more than 15 years ago, so it was a really amazing experience.”
“I played some very good tennis, I think. I [didn’t] drop a set the entire week,” Djokovic continued.
“I hadn’t played a tournament in three months, so it was really extra motivation for me to really do well, particularly because people have been so friendly and so supportive of me throughout the week. I’m taking some great confidence into next week as well.”