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Djokovic downs Millman to win his first Japan Open title

Djokovic downs Millman to win his first Japan Open title
Tennis - Japan Open - Men's Singles finals - Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan - October 6, 2019. Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action against John Millman of Australia. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon -
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(Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic won his first Japan Open title and the 76th of his career with a dominant 6-3 6-2 win over Australian John Millman in the final in Tokyo on Sunday.

It was a triumphant return to the tour for Djokovic, who had withdrawn from the U.S. Open in the fourth round due to a shoulder injury, and it was the 10th time he had won a title on his tournament debut.

The top seeded Serb needed only 69 minutes to dispatch Millman — who was playing in his maiden ATP 500 final — and the 32-year-old won the title without dropping a set in the tournament.

Djokovic won a whopping 87% of his first service points and fired six aces, never giving Millman a whiff of a break point. He also broke the 30-year-old Australian ranked 79 places below him three times in the match.

Djokovic has already qualified for next month’s season-ending ATP Finals in London.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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