Rome – that’s exactly what Novak Djokovic A week is required before the French Open.
The Serbian won the highest ranking Casper Road 6-4, 6-3 at the Italian Open on Saturday to reach his biggest final of the year.
Having missed a large part of the season because he was not vaccinated against the Corona virus, Djokovic will try to extend his winning streak in five matches. Stefanos Tsitsipas In the final on Sunday.
Tsitsipas reached his first final in Rome by rallying in the past Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Djokovic, chasing his sixth title in Rome, scored the 1,000th victory of his career, making him the fifth man to reach that number after Jimmy Connors (1274 victories), Roger Federer (1251), Ivan Lendl (1068) and Rafael Nadal (1,051).
After the match, Djokovic received a cake with “1000” written on it.
“I was watching Roger and Rafa celebrate these milestones and I was looking forward to reaching 1,000,” Djokovic said.
Djokovic is playing only his fifth tournament this year, having achieved his previous best result in the final of Serbia’s junior Open, his home tournament, last month. Last week, he was beaten by a 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz In the semi-finals of the Madrid Open.
In front of Ruud, the first Norwegian player to enter the top 10, Djokovic jumped to 5-1 in the first set with a raft of shots that nullified his opponent’s strength.
At one point early on when he pushed Rod Djokovic off the doubles alley, the Serb practically split as he responded with a backhand into the line with his racket just a few inches off the red clay court.
Djokovic’s last match came against Tsitsipas in last year’s French Open final, when he recovered from two sets to win the title.
Djokovic also needed five sets to beat Tsitsipas in the semi-finals of Roland Garros two years ago, and went by all three sets when Djokovic won the quarter-finals in Rome last year.
“I looked at those matches. I analyzed them,” Tsitsipas said. “There are things that didn’t work for me after two sets that I like at Roland Garros. I think I’ve always been so stubborn, I didn’t want to change (tactics)….There’s always another match where I can maybe do something different.”
Tsitsipas has been pushed into three sets in three of his four matches this week, having also beaten the local favorites Yannick Sener in straight sets in the quarter-finals.