ATP Tour: Novak Djokovic beats Marin Cilic to seal first title since Wimbledon | Tennis News

Novak Djokovic won his first title since Wimbledon, after a dominant display against Marin Cilic in the Tel Aviv Open final.

The top seed beat Cilic in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 and faced no break points in the first set in his first final since July.

Djokovic has only played one other event since his 21st Grand Slam title win – last week’s Laver Cup defeat to Team World in London – after he missed the US Open in August and September due to his coronavirus vaccine status.

In Seoul, Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka won his second ATP title after beating Denis Shapovalov in straight sets.

The 26-year-old came from 3-1 down in the second set to beat the Canadian in a tie-break.

Huesler wins inaugural tour-level title in Bulgaria

Marc-Andrea Huesler won his maiden tour-level title at the Sofia Open on Sunday, beating Dane Holger Rune in straight sets.

The Swiss was competing in his first ATP final, and he beat Rune to seal the biggest win of his career in one hour and 42 minutes.

Marc-Andrea Huesler of Switzerland wins his first touring level title

“I played a great game, definitely good,” Huesler said in an on-court interview. “I was really shocked. I’m at a loss for words. It was a great match. I was just trying to stay focused, stay calm and I’m very happy I was able to do it.”

En route to Sunday’s final, Huesler beat Geoffrey Blancaneaux, Kamil Majchrzak and Lorenzo Musetti, taking his first win in the top 20 of the season against Pablo Carreno Busta.

“This whole week has been a complete fairy tale for me,” Huesler added at the trophy ceremony. I would love to go through a few rounds and I hold the trophy here.”

Huesler is the first Swiss player to win an ATP Tour title since Roger Federer won in Basel in 2019.

He is also the eighth champion to save match points on his way to the title at a tour-level tournament this season, having saved two match points against Majchrzak in the quarter-finals.

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