Novak Djokovic completes perfect week, wins Tel Aviv title

The 35-year-old Serbian says he 'felt very welcomed, it felt like home', and 'Israel has shown a great deal of respect and passion for Tennis', as he lifts his third tour-level crown of 2022 and 89th of his career

Dennis Bihler|
The 21 Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic defeated Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to clinch the Tel Aviv Watergen Open trophy.
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  • With his victory over the second-seeded Cilic, the 35-year-old top seed became the first man to win a title on hard, clay (Rome) and grass courts (Wimbledon) this season.
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    ג'וקוביץ' עם הגביע
    ג'וקוביץ' עם הגביע
    Novak Djokovic
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    The Serbian didn't lose a set at the indoor hard-court ATP 250 and claimed his third tour-level crown of 2022 and the 89th of his career. Along with the title, Djokovic will also pocket $144,000.
    “It was a fantastic week for me celebrating my birthday," Cilic said during the trophy ceremony. "I didn’t have a chance to celebrate with so much people before, but next time I’m buying drinks everybody!”
    "It was a fantastic week, I enjoyed every second, the crowd was amazing, one of the best we had on the tour. Every day we had a full house, such a joy to play, and I hope to see you next year."
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    Novak Djkovic and Marin Cilic
    Novak Djkovic and Marin Cilic
    Novak Djkovic and Marin Cilic
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    "Shalom how you doing Tel Aviv," Djokovic said in Hebrew, hyping the crowd even more after lifting the title.
    "Thank you everybody for this week, Marin is a great player, and I hope we will get to play in the finals for many more events. I would like to thank you guys, for making this one of the most special weeks for me in a while. Defenetliy I felt very welcomed, and it felt like home, with all the support, it was fantastic."
    "It was great to see a packed house in every single match, Israel has shown a great deal of respect and passion for Tennis, for our sport. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming and supporting all the players this week," the champion added.
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