Novak Djokovic will seek his first title since Wimbledon Sunday in Tokyo where he will meet qualifier John Millman.
Djokovic cruised past former champion David Goffin 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the final in his debut at the event.
“I’m very satisfied with the way I’ve been playing the whole week,” Djokovic said. “It’s been a very positive week on the court, off the week as well. Hopefully I’ll be able to crown it tomorrow with a trophy.”
In four matches, Djokovic has only been taken to 5-all just once.
Millman reached the final after toppling Reilly Opelka 6-4, 7-6(4).
“That was a pretty good match. It’s always difficult playing against someone like Reilly, who has got such a massive serve. I was really happy to take the few little chances I had and took care of my own service games pretty well,” Millman said. “Managing to get through to play a final in Tokyo, that’s pretty special for me.”
Djokovic has won both meetings with the Australian who had to save match points in the qualifying round.
“He’s a very solid player,” Djokovic said. “I saw today that he had a very good, solid win against Opelka, who was in form and is never easy to play against because he has such a big serve. And Millman is someone that is fighting hard, he’s a real fighter on the court. He never gives up. He has a positive attitude, he runs for every ball and he makes you play. So it’s going to be again a baseline battle and I’m hoping I can serve as well as I did throughout the week because that’s something that is going to be needed.”
Millman will try to get his ATP title and first win over the Serb.
“I get to play a final of an ATP 500 in such a special place like Tokyo,” said Millman. “For me, that’s why you play. That’s why you go through the graft and some of the tougher times, to give yourself an opportunity like this. It’s pretty special.”
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