Novak Djokovic wins in Cincinnati to make perfect start to ATP season

Serbian Novak Djokovic, who is expected to climb to second world No 1 in the rankings on Monday, wrapped up a career Grand Slam for the seventh time by beating Grigor Dimitrov for the sixth time in six meetings on the way to the title in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

The former world No 1 Djokovic has now won the past six Masters 1000 tournaments, surpassing Roger Federer’s record of five sets.

Djokovic has had an injury-plagued 2017, which contributed to the fact he hasn’t reached any of the other four Majors, having previously won at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open in 2015. His last four tournaments have all been on the ATP Tour, although he was forced to withdraw from the Rogers Cup before his quarter-final match due to a stomach bug.

He comes into the W&S Open following a fourth-round exit at Wimbledon, where he will, quite rightly, be blamed for his dismal performances on the grass. However, it is unlikely to cause him any real problems in winning his first major of the year.

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