Đoković wins Estoril Open

Novak Đoković rode a roller coaster to his third title of the season as he outlasted Richard Gasquet to win the Estoril Open on Sunday.

Source: B92, AFP

Đoković went through every emotion as he added the clay title to an Adelaide victory in January and Miami last month.

The win took just over two hours as both men negotiated curves and roundabouts before the world number five claimed the win: 7-6 (9/7), 0-6, 6-1

"This was a tough match and a great victory for me," said Đoković, whose 31 wins lead the ATP this season.

"The conditions were tough and so was Richard.

"I had to come back in the third set after losing the second, it feels great. I've played several matches this week in windy conditions," he said of what is becoming a trademark at the Estadio Nacional.

"That helped me and played an important role. I learned something in each match, I was able to hold on today."

The pair will both fly on Monday to Rome for the Masters Series event. Gasquet, seeded 13th, begins the first round against Fernando Verdasco while number five Đoković has a bye.

"I was glad to play this final but Novak showed his game today." said Gasquet. "I didn't play my best game and that's not enough against him."

Kostunica congratulates Novak

Prime minister Vojislav Koštunica sent a greeting late Sunday to Novak Đoković, after the best Serbian tennis player won the fifth ATP Tour title of his career, the government reported on its website.

“Dear Novak, I most sincerely congratulate you the winning of the tournament in Portugal. You played perfectly, devotedly, with all your heart and you proved that you belong to the top of the international tennis. I wish you a lot of success in further competitions,” reads the greeting of the prime minister.


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