If he wants to send a message to Roland-Garros for a week, he has succeeded. Novak Djokovic has regained his form and closed out a perfect week for him on Sunday in Rome, where he won the timpani for the 6th time in his career. Author of a breathtaking start to the final, the world number 1 Stefanos Tsitsipas mastered in two sets (6-0, 7-6) and a little over an hour and a half (1h36 exactly). This is his 38th Masters 1000 title – a record two lengths ahead of Rafael Nadal -, the 87th trophy in his immense career and the… first in 2022.
Djokovic – Tsitsipas: Relive the movie of the match
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By his own admission last week in Madrid, despite his epic semi-final loss to Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic has confirmed in the best possible way that he is back at his best level in the Eternal City. This Sunday, he may have kicked off his season after a nearly blank first quarter due to his non-vaccination. He proved that once the rhythm of the competition was found, he remained the real boss of the circuit until the contrary.
A first set approaching perfection
And it is not Stefanos Tsitsipas who will say the opposite. While he is without a doubt one of the best players in the world this spring with a title in Monte Carlo, a semi in Madrid and thus a final in Rome, the Greek simply did not exist for the first 30 minutes of this match. Overwhelmed by the precision on Djokovic’s return, constantly swept up in speed, forced to step back and play on the back, he lived in a nightmare from the start. Relentlessly, giving the impression of not being able to miss the exchange, the world No. 1 appeared to be on the move and the most logical thing was to inflict a “bubble” (6-0) on his opponent.
To put it plainly, the two players did not play the same sport in this first round, as the Serb’s timing was miraculous. But Tsitsipas fought. And if the Greek has not yet fully recovered his tennis from 2021, his foundation has become solid again. More efficient on the first ball at the start of the second act, he took advantage of a slight drop in speed from Djokovic in the 4th game to break his first chance (6-0, 1-3). From then on, the dynamics changed, with Tsitsipas even getting a double break opportunity two games later.
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Tsitsipas’ nice response was not enough
But this knockout ball, Djokovic saved her from a miracle of winning cross backhand that he has the secret of. And by persevering, he regained some of his intensity from the start of the match. While Tsitsipas equalized one set at 5-3, the world number 1 again exerted stifling pressure on the raise, which paid off. The Greek went back to centering (20 unforced errors for 8 minor winning shots) while maintaining his quality of service. It all came down to the tiebreak and in the exercise the Serb was still the strongest under pressure.
Winner 7 points to 5 on a final backhand foul from his rival, Djokovic could be delighted to see his coach Goran Ivanisevic cheering in the stands of Foro Italico. The desert crossing at the start of the season is really over and the confidence of the world number 1 has been revived. Winning this way without dropping the least set of the week also says a lot about his motivation. To snatch the Coupe des Mousquetaires from his hands, you have to get up early.
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Tsitsipas is beautiful!
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