This week, world number one Novak Djokovic (34) will reach the final of an ATP 1000 Masters for the first time in 2022. In the semifinals, the Serb beat Casper Ruud (23, ATP 10) from Norway 6: 4, 6: 3.
The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 5) is waiting in the final. The 23-year-old prevailed in the first semi-final in two and a half hours against Olympic champion Alexander Zverev (25, ATP 3) 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 3.
Fifth player with 1000 Tour wins
Novak Djokovic is getting closer to his best form after a month ago the 34-year-old lost in the opening round in Monte Carlo (to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina) and later struggled to prevail against Laslo Djere and Miomir Kecmanovic in Belgrade.
Last week in Madrid, however, Djokovic demanded everything from the new series winner Carlos Alcaraz. And now he’s in the final in Rome. The win against Ruud was the Serb’s 1000th on the tour. Only Jimmy Connors (1274), Roger Federer (1251), Ivan Lendl (1068) and Rafael Nadal (1051) won more singles than Djokovic (1000). (SDA/che)