After missing the first Grand Slam tournament, Novak Djokovic (ATP 1) seems to have found top form again just before the second major event, the French Open.
In the semifinals (6: 4, 6: 3 against Casper Ruud) and final (6: 0, 7: 6 against Stefanos Tsitsipas), the 34-year-old Serb did not drop a set against the strongest opponents. In Rome, Djokovic breaks the 1000 mark – the final success is equivalent to his 1001st victory on the tour. Only Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal won more often.
Sixth Rome victory for Djokovic
While Djokovic is still catching up on the number of victories on the tour, he is continuing to extend the lead in a more important statistic. Djokovic wins an ATP 1000 Masters for the 38th time. Not only has he won more Masters tournaments than anyone else, he’s also the only tennis player to win all nine – and not just once, but all at least twice. Djokovic triumphed for the sixth time at the Italian Open in Rome.
The fact that Novak Djokovic only won his first tournament of the year in mid-May may be unusual, but it is not a first. Four years ago, when the Serb fought back after an injury break, he only started winning tournaments again in the second half of the season.
Swiatek the measure of all things
Iga Swiatek, who inherited number 1 after Ashleigh Barty’s resignation at the beginning of April, confirms this position impressively. In the last three months she has won tournaments with excellent players in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and now Rome. She took a break in Madrid, but didn’t give Ons Jabeur, who had won there, a chance 6-2, 6-2.
Swiatek has now won 28 matches in a row and is going into the French Open, which starts next Sunday, as a huge favorite. In Paris in autumn 2020 she had already triumphed as a blatant outsider. (SDA)