Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic booked his place in the Rome Masters 1000 final for the fourth consecutive year after sweeping his way to the final match of Norway’s Casper Ruud on Saturday night.
The star, nicknamed “Noli”, did not find it difficult to book the final ticket within an hour and 42 minutes with a score of 6-4, 6-3. The Serbian “hurricane” continued to sweep its competitors in the championship, maintaining its record free of losing any group; To become the only player in this version to achieve this feat.
The achievements of the 34-year-old did not stop there, but he achieved the 1,000th victory in his career, joining the list of honor that includes Jimmy Connors (1,274 victories), Swiss star Roger Federer (1,251 victories), Ivan Lendl (1,086 victories), and the Spaniard Rafael Nadal (1051 victories).
And in search of his sixth title in the tournament, Djokovic will meet in the final with Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who reached the final of the Italian championship for the first time in his history, and qualified at the expense of German Alexander Zverev in two sets to one by 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Tsitsipas, who will climb to fourth in the world rankings when the new list is announced this week, will try to claim his third title in the 1,000-point Masters Tournament.
Sunday, May 15th, will be the ninth match between both players, with Djokovic clearly superior with six victories, compared to two for the world number five. The match will also be a replay of the French Open final when Djokovic won despite losing in the first two sets.
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic: I hope to appear at this level in the final
“Once again, I will play the final against him (Stefanos Tsitsipas) in one of the biggest tournaments in the world,” Djokovic told reporters after qualifying for the final in Rome. He added, “He is brilliant, and I expect a tough match, but I will be ready.”
Djokovic continued, “I’ve seen Roger and Rafa celebrate this number in the past years. I was looking forward to reaching the number one thousand in my career.”
The Serbian star explained that he hopes to maintain this level in the final against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, and said in this regard: “I played a very good level, and I started in a great way to advance 4-0, although the level fell a little after that, as I did not feel good during 15 or 20 minutes, and the opponent took advantage of that to bring the distances closer.”
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