Novak Djokovic won his first title of the tennis season for the French Open. Through the 6: 0, 7: 6 (7: 5) in the final of Rome via Zverev’s defender Stefanos Tsitsipas, the world ranking list of Serbia is one of the top favorites to the Grand Slam tournament in Paris (from May 22nd).
Djokovic dominated on the clay court in the Foro Italico as in the best time, his 38th Masters victory he secured without loss of sets. Djokovic converted his first match ball against Tsitsipas, who had conquered Olympic champion Alexander Zverev (Hamburg) in three sets on Saturday.
For Djokovic it was the sixth triumph in Rome and his 87th tournament victory as a whole. On Saturday in the semifinals against Norwegian Casper Ruud, he celebrated his 1000th victory on the ATP tour, in this elite circle he is the fifth member after record man Jimmy Connors (1274), Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl and Rafael Nadal.
After Djokovic was not allowed to compete as a unvaccinated player at the Australian Open for quarrels for his entry and at the US hard court events in Indian Wells and Miami, he needed a few weeks to get going. The 34-year-old is back on time for Paris, where he wants to pull the same with his 21st Grand Slam title with record holder Nadal.
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He outclassed Tsitsipas in the new edition of the French Open final of 2021 in the first set, in the second he demonstrated his comeback qualities: after 2: 5 deficit, Djokovic fought back and was also the better player in the tie-break. For him it was the sixth victory in a row over his eleven years younger rivals.