Novak Djokovic does it again!

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Novak Djokovic does it again!

Novak Djokovic has won three ATP titles this season. The Serb achieved that for the 14th time in the past 16 years, moving closer to his milestone ATP title no. 90. Novak is the only player with ATP titles on three different surfaces, achieving that for the sixth time since 2011 to hold an impressive record.

Djokovic's first title of the season came at the Masters 1000 event in Rome, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0, 7-6 in the final. Novak needed an hour and 36 minutes to dismiss the Greek, delivering a bagel in the opener and catching the rival in the second set's closing stages to seal the deal in straight sets.

The Serb secured the 38th Masters 1000 crown, leaving Nadal on 36 and extending his record. Djokovic ousted Tsitsipas for the seventh time in nine encounters and the sixth time in a row. Novak fired six aces and took 20 points more than his rival thanks to a one-sided opening set.

The Serb served at 70% and dropped 14 points in nine service games.

Novak Djokovic has won titles on all three surfaces in 2022.

He faced two break points and suffered one break. It led Stefanos towards a 5-2 lead in set number two, but it was not enough for the Greek to force a decider.

Tsitsipas struggled on the second serve and got broken four times from six chances given to Djokovic to finish runner-up in his fifth Masters 1000 final. Two months later, Novak lifted his seventh Wimbledon title, beating Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 in three hours.

Djokovic started all over after the opening set and defended five out of six break chances to keep the pressure on the other side. He broke Nick for the first time in a career in the second set and kept everything under control in the third to build the advantage.

There were no break chances in the fourth set, and the defending champion claimed it in the tie break to seal the deal and lift the seventh Wimbledon trophy. Novak's third ATP title came on hard court in Tel Aviv last Sunday thanks to a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Marin Cilic in an hour and 34 minutes.

Djokovic won 13 points more than Cilic, barely losing a point behind the first serve and fending off a lone break point. Marin fired 13 aces but could not follow Novak's pace, playing against six break points and losing serve once in each set to settle with the runner-up prize.

The Serb built the advantage in the mid-range and most extended rallies and ousted his opponent in the shortest ones to secure his 19th win over Marin from 21 encounters. Thus, Djokovic secured his sixth season with titles on three different surfaces, standing at the top since 2009 and leaving Roger Federer on three.