Novak Djokovic extended his successful run by winning his 18th match and remain unbeaten so far this season.
I was just a point from going out, I might not have been here, But it shows how quickly things can turn. Novak Djokovic
His latest victory, a 6-3 6-4 demolition of Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Dubai Championships, also secured the 79th title of his career as well as being his fifth title at Dubai.
Djokovic claimed his third trophy of the season after helping Serbia to the ATP Cup and winning an eighth Australian Open.
“It was close in both sets,” Djokovic said. “A few points decided it. I’ve had a great week.
“I’m most proud of my consistency this week, especially on shots from the baseline.”
For the top seed and world No.1, it was a straightforward victory secured in 79-minutes having been close to elimination by Gael Monfils in the semi-final where he saved three match points.
“I was just a point from going out, I might not have been here,” the five-time champion admitted. “But it shows how quickly things can turn.
“I appreciate the moment, I’ve really played well in my matches this week. There were some ups and downs, but that’s normal.”
Djokovic broke for 5-3 in the opening set and served it in the next game but it wasn’t as comfortable in the second set where Tsitsipas recovered from a break down to level at 3-all.
But Djokovic rallied again to break for 5-4 tanks to a Tsitsipas error allowing him to serve it out in the next game.
“Tsitsipas is a player for now, much more than for the future,” Djokovic said of his sixth-ranked opponent.
“He’s already been very successful. He’s more than just a great player, he’s very charismatic and brings a lot to the game.”
Djokovic added: “I’ve had a great start to the season, I love playing on hard courts. They’ve been my most successful surface so far.”
Prior to the championship match, the 21-year-old Greek had lost just one set during the week. It was also his the second time he lost in the Dubai final having suffered a similar fate a year earlier against Roger Federer.