Novak Djokovic underlined that he went to Israel to win the title and was absolutely emotional after winning the inaugural Tel Aviv Open. On Sunday, top-seeded Djokovic defeated 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-3 6-4 to win Tel Aviv.
On his way to the title, Djokovic also defeated Pablo Andújar, Vasek Pospisil and Roman Safiullin. Djokovic did not drop a single set on his way to winning the inaugural Tel Aviv Open. "My focus is to win tournaments wherever I am and I'm glad I have a team of people around me who make sure I'm in top shape to be a title contender," Djokovic said, according to the ATP website.
"That's why I came to Israel, it was to try to win the title. It's my first time playing here [since a] Davis Cup tie more than 15 years ago, so it was a really amazing experience." Djokovic squandered two break points in game two but claimed the first break of the match in game four to open a 3-1 lead.
After breaking Cilic, Djokovic held serve for the rest of the set to win the first set. Leading a set, Djokovic got off to a great start in the second by breaking Cilic in the first game of the second set. Cilic had his first and only break point in game six, which he did not convert.
Djokovic earned his first match point in game 10 to complete a two-set win. "I think I played very good tennis. I didn't lose a set all week," Djokovic said.
Nole wants to win titles wherever possible
Former World No.
1 Novak Djokovic won the 89th tour-level title of his career at the Tel Aviv Open on Sunday. “It is true that each tournament corresponds to a category and has an importance, but my goal remains the same: to win titles.
Wherever it is, I am always happy to have the team I have and to see myself prepared to compete to add new victories, and fight to lift trophies," he said at a post-match press conference. Djokovic added that he was happy with the "high level of tennis" he displayed throughout the week and was full of praise for the support he received in Tel Aviv.
"This week I think I have displayed a high level of tennis, I had an extra motivation to do well in this place, the people here have been very close and have behaved very well with me. I hope that all this will help me in the coming weeks,” he said.