Djokovic rules in Rome thinking of Paris


The Serb wins for the sixth time at the Foro Italico by conquering Tsitsipas in the final and showing a high level for Roland Garros

The world number one, the Serb Novak Djokovic, defeated the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, fifth player in the circuit, on Sunday 6-0, 7-6 (5) to take his sixth victory in the Masters 1,000 in Rome to only one week before the start of Roland Garros, which will take place between May 22 and June 5.

He succeeds Rafael Nadal in the list of winners, winner ten times in Rome and eliminated in the round of 16 due to severe foot pain suffered against Canadian Shapovalov. The 34-year-old Balkan wins his first title of the year and confirms that he is in top form after a first quarter with almost no competition due to the failure to vaccinate against Covid and the huge controversy this controversial decision caused.

After joining the leading players’ club on Saturday with 1,000 wins, along with American Jimmy Connors (record 1,274 wins), Swiss Roger Federer, Czech Ivan Lendl and Spaniard Rafael Nadal, Nole added at the end of the season. a triumph. a much easier match than expected, marked by a first set in white against the Greek, who had won the Monte Carlo Masters 1,000 in April and should have been much more competitive on paper.

Just a few days before he appeared on the Paris clay court, where Djokovic will try to overtake Nadal as the tennis players with the most Grand Slam titles (21) in their showcases, this fight at the Foro Italico already had something of the smell of Roland Garros. While a Masters 1,000 cannot be compared to a Grand Slam tournament, this decisive Rome event was sold as the replay of the final final at the Porte d’Auteuil, won by Nole at the end of a stunning five-set battle.

The Greek, with extraordinary circumstances to reach the world’s top but erratic and somewhat unstable in character, was outdone in the first set this Sunday by Djokovic’s Serbian roller, who drew an unattractive 6-0, conceding just ten points to his rival .

Tsitsipas grew in the second set and came to break the service of the Balkans and came to a hopeful 3-1 in his favour. He thought he could take the Serb to a third set and show his perceived physical superiority there, but he was wrong. From that peak moment, the trust on gravel of the world’s number one came to the fore. Djokovic, very solid and mentally strong, grabbed the field, recovered that lost serve and triumphed in the sudden death of his twelfth final in the Italian capital. A great success in the Eternal City if the City of Light appears at all.

Source: La Verdad


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