Third-seeded Djokovic defeated No. 5 seed Richard Gasquet of France 7-6(7), 0-6, 6-1 in two hours and 12 minutes on Court Central at the Estadio Nacional.
It was the youngest final in the 18-year history of the tournament.
Gasquet held the upper hand in the opening set of the final, holding two set points on the Djokovic serve at 5-5 and one further set point at 6-5.
The 20-year-old Frenchman also squandered three set points in the tie-break at 6-4 and on serve at 7-6.
Djokovic wrapped up the first set in one hour and 16 minutes.
But Gasquet, who is projected to rise to No. 13 in the ATP Rankings on Monday, regained his composure and ran through the second set in just 23 minutes for the loss of seven points.
Djokovic won all seven points on serve, while Gasquet converted three of five break point opportunities.
Gasquet won just 11 of 36 points in the final set, as Djokovic broke serve in the second and fifth games to secure his first Estoril Open title on debut.
"I don’t know it was a strange match because there are three matches in one. I can tell because in the first set, I am playing good, he is playing good too and it’s a great match."
"In the third set he is playing great and I have to be more aggressive to win this match, it’s my game and I played good but I need to be more aggressive to win this final, this type of match against a great player, I have to play more and more aggressive with my backhand, to serve better and go more to the net."
“I didn’t do that and after that he played wonderful. That’s never easy with him, because he served great, but I think if I can win the first set, I think I can win the match after."
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