World no. 1 Novak Djokovic celebrates his first appearance at the Dubai Open in the last four years by going all the way for the fifth title at the tournament.
Having saved three consecutive match points in a three-set semifinal win over Gael Monfils, Djokovic has now extended his perfect start to the season to 18-0 with a straight-set win over the returning finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas. Playing his sixth title match at the Dubai Open, Djokovic won his fifth title at the tournament seven years after winning his fourth one in 2013.
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It is Djokovic's second title of the 2020 season and 79th overall, after leading Team Serbia to the title at the inaugural ATP Cup and following up with a record-extending 8th Australian Open triumph.
Victory in Dubai marks the 7th different tournament which Djokovic has won at least 5 times during the course of his illustrious career. On that note, let us have a look at all the tournaments, in chronological order, where the Serb has been the last man standing on at least five different occasions.
#1 Beijing - 6 titles
2014 Beijing marked the first time Djokovic won five titles at a tournament. It would not be a feat the Serb would accomplish for the only time in his career.
In a lopsided title match against Tomas Berdych, the Serb was a game away from a double bagel before sealing a 6-0, 6-2 win, his 46th career single's title and 5th of the season.
A year later, Djokovic conceded only 4 games in another one-sided Beijing final to lift a record-extending 6th title at the tournament and extended his perfect record to 29-0.
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#2 Australian Open - 8 titles
In what has been the most successful tournament in his career in terms of titles and matches won, Novak Djokovic won his 5th title at the Australian Open following a four-set win over Andy Murray in 2015.
It made the then 27-year-old Serb the first player in the Open Era to win 5 titles at the tournament, breaking a tie with Andre Agassi and Roger Federer in the process.
Djokovic won further titles at the Australian Open in 2016, 2019, and 2020, the latter success making the Serb the first player in the Open Era to lift Grand Slam titles in three different decades.
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#3: Miami (6 titles)
Having won his first Masters 1000 title at 2007 Miami, Djokovic followed up with further success at the tournament in 2011-12 and 2014-16.
The Serb's title run in 2015 marked the third time he lifted 5 titles at a tournament. The process also allowed him to break a tie with Roger Federer for most 'Sunshine Double' - winning Indian Wells and Miami in the same season.
With a 6th Miami title in 2016, Djokovic became the first player to accomplish the Sunshine Double in three consecutive seasons.
#4 ATP Finals - 5 titles
Djokovic capped a banner 2015 season, which saw him win three Grand Slam titles and a record 6 Masters 1000 titles, by winning the season-ending ATP Finals for the 5th time in his career.
Having previously lifted ATP Finals titles in 2008, 2012-2014, Djokovic became the first player to win four consecutive titles in the history of the tournament.
The Serb beat Nikolay Davydenko to lift his first ATP Finals title in 2008. Djokovic has thrice denied Federer a record-extending 7th title at the tournament by beating the Swiss maestro in 2012 and 2015 and a 'walkover' victory in 2014.
#5 Wimbledon - 5 titles
Following his first Wimbledon title in 2011, Djokovic won his second and third at the tournament at Federer's expense in 2014-15 before taking home his fourth title at the grass-court major in 2018.
In 2019, Federer and Djokovic met for the third time in a Wimbledon final. On the cusp of a record-extending 9th title at the tournament, when Federer held two consecutive championship points at 8-7 40-15 in the fifth, Djokovic reprised his match-point saving act against Federer.
Having denied the Swiss from match points down in the 2010-11 US Open semifinals, Djokovic fought back to once again deny Federer from the brink of defeat. The Serb broke back before prevailing in the first-ever Wimbledon fifth-set tiebreak to become the first player in 71 years to win the tournament after saving multiple championship points.
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#6 Paris-Bercy - 5 titles
With his number one ranking on the line, Djokovic beat first-time Masters 1000 finalist Denis Shapovalov in straight sets in the 2019 Paris-Bercy final to win a record-extending 5th title at the tournament.
In his 50th Masters 1000 final, Djokovic lifted his 34th title in the tournament series to move to within one of all-time leader Rafael Nadal's tally of 35.
The Serb had earlier triumphed in Paris-Bercy in 2009 and 2013-15, with his only final reverse at the tournament coming against Karen Khachanov in 2018.
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#7 Dubai - 5 titles
Djokovic became the only player after Federer to win multiple titles at the Dubai Open when he did so in 2010. A year later, Djokovic emulated Federer's three-peat (2004-06) with one of his own, following a straight-set win over the 8-time champion.
Making his first appearance at the tournament since a quarterfinal loss to Feliciano Lopez in 2016, Djokovic reeled off successive straight-set wins over Malek Jaziri, Philipp Kohlschreiber, and Karen Khachanov to reach the semifinals before escaping three consecutive match points against Gael Monfils to extend his perfect record against the Frenchman as well as his perfect record on the season to 17-0.
In his first Dubai title match since a defeat to Federer in 2015, Djokovic trumped returning finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to lift his 5th title at the tournament, and first since winning his 4th in 2013.