Novak Djokovic capped a historic week in Rome by capturing a record-extending 38th ATP Masters 1000 crown.
The World No 1 defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0, 7-6 (5) in the final of Rome Masters to claim the first title of the season.
Djokovic became the fifth man in the Open Era to earn 1,000 match wins when he defeated Casper Ruud in the semi-finals.
Not too bad 🤌🏼😍🏆 Nothing but grateful for this amazing week and everyone’s support. I have felt immense love being in Roma @InteBNLdItalia ❤️ Grazie a tutti per il supporto! Idemooo 🏼💪🏼🙌🏼👐🏼 pic.twitter.com/MP3kqXXR32
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) May 15, 2022
He backed that up with a hard-fought display against Tsitsipas to win in one hour and 37 minutes. The Serb also became the oldest Rome champion at 34 years, 11 months and 23 days.
“I have been building my form for the past couple of weeks and I knew that my best shape on clay usually comes around Rome time, so it could not be better going into Roland Garros with a title,” Djokovic said.
The top seed, who will spend a record-extending 370th week at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings from Monday, has defeated Tsitsipas in consecutive years in Rome, having overcome the fourth seed in the quarter-finals in 2021.
Iga Swiatek extends winning streak
mic drop 🎤
— wta (@WTA) May 15, 2022
Iga Swiatek is going into the French Open on quite a run.
The top-ranked Swiatek overwhelmed Ons Jabeur 6-2, 6-2 to defend her Italian Open title on Sunday and extend her winning streak to 28 matches.
Swiatek was a surprise champion at the French Open in 2020 when she was ranked No. 54.
Now the 20-year-old Polish player is the favourite to add a second title at Roland Garros when the year’s second Grand Slam starts next Sunday.