Novak Djokovic wins Japan Open on return from injury

Novak Djokovic with the Japan Open trophy
Novak Djokovic lost just 15 games in total in his quarter-final, semi-final and final

World number one Novak Djokovic beat John Millman to mark his return from injury by winning the Japan Open.

The 31-year-old won 6-3 6-2 in the final in Tokyo to claim a fourth title of the year and a 76th of his career.

It was the Serb's first tournament since he withdrew from the US Open in September with a shoulder injury.

Djokovic needed just 70 minutes to see off 30-year-old Australian world number 80 Millman and did not drop a set throughout the tournament.

"I didn't drop a set, so I played a fantastic tournament," said Djokovic, who now travels to China for the Shanghai Masters, which starts on Monday.

"Everything is positive in my experience on and off the court, the way I feel and motivated for Shanghai.

"I am hoping I can finish the season in this style."

In Beijing, world number five and top seed Dominic Thiem fought back from a set and a break down to beat Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6 6-4 6-1 and win the China Open.

There were eight breaks of serve, five by Thiem, in an entertaining final which gave the Austrian his fourth title of the year.

"Honestly, I think this was one of the best matches I've played so far in my whole career," Thiem said.


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