Novak Djokovic underlined that he came to Israel to win the title and he was absolutely thrilled after winning the inaugural Tel Aviv Open. On Sunday, first-seeded Djokovic ousted 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-3 6-4 to win Tel Aviv.
En route to winning title, Djokovic also defeated Pablo Andujar, Vasek Pospisil, and Roman Safiullin. Djokovic didn't drop a single set en route to winning the inaugural Tel Aviv Open. “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 said, per the ATP 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”.
How Djokovic defeated Cilic
Djokovic missed out on two break points in the second game but claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game to open a 3-1 lead.
After breaking Cilic, Djokovic held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener. Up by a set, Djokovic got off to a great start to the second set as he broke Cilic in the very first game of the second set. Cilic had his first and lone break point in the sixth game, which he didn't convert.
Djokovic realized his first match point in the 10th game to complete a two-set win. “I played some very good tennis, I think. I [didn’t] drop a set the entire week,” Djokovic said. “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”. Djokovic has now won three titles in 2022.