His 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 victory saw him pegged back by a surging Tsitsipas but as has been the case so many times in his career, Djokovic held firm when it mattered and ran away with the fifth set as his opponent, affected by a niggling injury, fatigued.
"I stayed calm and stayed positive on the surface, even if inside it was very different thing,” Djokovic said. “I was solid and consistent at the most important moments and I was happy for that.
“Congratulations to him for a great battle. It’s a shame he was obviously tired. But the battle was not easy. I hope he continues in a positive direction in his career.”
In a career in which he has so often proven to be the biggest fighter of all, it was another example of Djokovic’s ability to stay calm under the most intense of pressure, and produce the goods when he needs to.
Though he led by two sets to love, Djokovic will have known that the scoreline was slightly misleading, Tsitsipas having forced numerous chances to break serve only to falter, mostly due to the brilliance of the Serb, all of which left the Greek rattled.