ROME (Reuters) – World primary Novak Djokovic overcame a sluggish begin to elevate his fifth Italian Open title on Monday, defeating Argentine Diego Schwartzman 7-5 6-3 for a file thirty sixth ATP Masters crown.
Enjoying in his maiden ATP 1000 closing, eighth seed Schwartzman raced out of the blocks to transform two break level alternatives for a 3-0 lead as Djokovic’s normally medical backhand supplied up some errors.
An on-and-off drizzle at Foro Italico, which included a smattering of followers, added to Djokovic’s frustration however he nonetheless discovered a well past Schwartzman’s serve to attract stage at 3-3.
Djokovic’s relentless baseline hitting got here to the fore when he broke Schwartzman within the twelfth recreation to take the opening set, regardless of committing 18 unforced errors.
Schwartzman, who outplayed defending champion Rafa Nadal within the quarter-finals, snatched one other early break within the second set however Djokovic was fast to reply.
The highest seed stepped up the depth to interrupt Schwartzman’s serve twice earlier than serving out the match comfortably to seal victory — clinching it with a drop shot.
“It was an amazing week, a really difficult week,” Djokovic, who was taking part in his first occasion since being defaulted on the U.S. Open for inadvertently hitting a line decide with a ball, stated on court docket. “I discovered my greatest tennis after I wanted it most.”
“I am proud that I managed to seek out the fifth gear after I wanted it.”
Djokovic’s win strikes him clear on the checklist of Masters 1000 titles, one forward of rival Nadal, and units him up completely for an assault on subsequent week’s rescheduled French Open.
“Now we flip to Paris and I could not ask for a greater event right here in Rome,” the 33-year-old Djokovic, the oldest male winner of the Italian Open title, stated.
Heading into Roland Garros, Djokovic has received 31 of his 32 matches this season, and might be among the many favourites alongside 12-times winner Nadal and U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem.
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