Novak Djokovic lost the previous meeting with Stefanos Tsitsipas

The world's number one Novak Djokovic struck a tired look Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the Madrid Open for a third time.

The Serbian, 31, beat Rafael Nadal's semi-final win 6-3 6-4 in an hour 32 minutes to earn a record-like 33. Masters 1000 title.

Djokovic ran into a 3-0 lead in the opening after beating the 20-year-old Greek in the second game.

And he broke into the ninth game of the second set to make sure he didn't lose a set of all tournaments.

Djokovics 74th Tour title came after making a quarterfinals in three tournaments since lifting the trophy at the Australian Open in the seventh time.

"This is a very important gain for me, especially for my trust," Djokovic told Sky Sports. "I didn't play my best tennis after the Australian Open, so I was trying to regain momentum. I played some of my best tennis here."

On his opponent, he added, "I had to step up, Stefanos is very talented. He beat Rafa yesterday, he had a late night, and he was not so dynamic in his movement, and it was probably due to his long struggle."

Tsitsipas, who beat Roger Federer at the Australian Open, has had a fantastic season and in addition to his victory over Nadal had won the previous fight against Djokovic at the Rogers Cup in Toronto last August.

But he struggled to match the 15-time Grand Slam champion, who had superior energy after overcoming Austrian Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals.

Tsitsipas, who saved three match points, said of Djokovic: "It's inspiring what you do, just amazing. You deserve it.

"You had a great week. It was also a great one for me, with good memories and good crowd."

Djokovic, who matched Nadal's record for Masters 1000 triumphs, will hold all four Grand Slam titles if he continues to demand another French open title next month.

Djokovic admitted that Tsitsipas looked tired after his semi-final victory over Rafael Nadal on Saturday


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