It has been a great week for the men’s top seeds in Asia. Novak Djokovic, who had not reached a final since claiming Wimbledon, suddenly came alive in Tokyo. Meanwhile at the China Open, Dominic Thiem captured his fourth title of the season. On the WTA front, Naomi Osaka continued her run in Asian by claiming Beijing for her second straight title.
Djokovic’s Dream Debut
The top seed won the title without dropping a set all week. He routed John Millman for his fourth title of his season and his 76th career title.
Bianca Andreescu’s Winning Streak Snapped
On Friday, eventual champion Osaka ended Andreescu’s 17-match winning streak after her three-set quarterfinal win over the Canadian teen.3 Osaka’s Great Asian run
Osaka's Great Run in Asian
Two weeks after capturing her second title of the season on home soil in Osaka, the fourth-seeded Japanese emerged victorious in Beijing with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over top-seeded Ashleigh Barty.
Thiem Brave Comeback
Down a set, top-seeded Thiem clawed his way back to fend off Stefanos Tsitsipas, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, in Beijing to claim his fourth title of the year. He also qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals, becoming the fifth player to earn the spot at the 2019 year-end championships.
Qualifier Millman Makes Final
Having saved three match points in this qualifying first-rounder, the 80th-ranked Aussie reached his first career ATP tour-level final in Tokyo, falling to top-seeded Djokovic, 6-3, 6-2.