Novak Djokovic won his 90th career title on the ATP Tour by overtaking Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Astana Open in Kazakhstan.
The Serb needed just 76 minutes to win 6-3 6-4 and cement his place in November’s ATP Finals in Turin, Italy.
The victory at the Astana Open was Djokovic’s second consecutive title, having won the Tel Aviv Open in Israel the previous week.
Back-to-back triumphs are an impressive return to the Tour for Djokovic, who missed nearly three months and the entire North American hard-court swing, including the US Open, due to his unvaccinated status.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion is fifth all-time in Tour titles won, behind Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl and Rafael Nadal.
Although he fell to seventh place in the world rankings after his absence from the tournaments in North America, Djokovic will undoubtedly qualify for the prestigious ATP Finals as a favorite.
“I’m just very grateful and blessed to be able to play so well at this stage of my life,” Djokovic told ATP after the match.
“You know, 35 is not the same as 25, but I think the experience probably in those kinds of big matches and big occasions also helps to approach mentally in the right way.”