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Novak Djokovic scored a straight-sets
victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday to cease an unblemished
bustle via the 2022 Italian Birth men’s bracket for his first ATP
Tour title of the season.
Djokovic did no longer drop a single residing
during 5 matches to raise the clay-court tournament, a Masters 1000
tournament, for the sixth time, which ranks second in history to Rafael
The pinnacle-ranked player on this planet has
been working to win high create after missing a majority of the
early-season schedule due to he is unvaccinated against COVID-19,
which made him ineligible to compete in numerous events, together with the
He looked back to his typical dominant stage in
the Italian Birth, which marked his fourth tournament since mid-April
after taking part in actual one in the year’s first 3.5 months.
Now no longer handiest did Djokovic raise the title
with out losing a residing, he did so against a basic community of opponents:
Aslan Karatsev, Stan Wawrinka, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Casper Ruud and
The 34-year-outdated Serbian looked
downright unstoppable in the foremost residing Sunday en route to a 6-0 clean sweep.
His Greek counterpart performed higher in the second residing, in the end
forcing a tiebreaker, however the tip seed gained the breaker 7-5 to safe
“I with out a doubt comprise been constructing my create for the
previous couple of weeks, and I knew that my ideal form on clay gradually
comes around Rome time, so it couldn’t be higher going into Roland
Garros with a title,” Djokovic said after the raise.
He extended his possess document with a 38th Masters 1000 title.
It be exhausting to comprise in thoughts anyone as an alternative of
Nadal, a 13-time French Birth champion, the favourite at the season’s
second Massive Slam tournament. Carlos Alcaraz has also been on quite a roll
leading up to the tournament at Roland Garros, which gets underway Could well also just 22.
That said, Djokovic’s efficiency in
Rome confirmed he is back no longer off route and makes him a authentic threat to
safe his 21st basic title in the arrival weeks.