Novak Djokovic ‘could not be better going into Roland Garros’ as he scoops Rome title

Novak Djokovic says he is happy with his Roland Garros preparation after winning the Rome Masters title and claiming his 1000th ATP match win.

It was a historic week for Djokovic who defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0, 7-6 in the final to take his 38th ATP Masters crown.

The world number one also became the fifth man in the Open Era to earn 1000th match wins after his semi-final victory over Casper Ruud.

Despite a faultless first set winning 6-0, Djokovic had to come back from 2-5 down in the second set to win his first title of the season in one hour and 37 minutes.

In his post-match interview Djokovic said he was happy with his performance.

“I pleasantly surprised myself I can say. I had a clear game plan and I knew what to expect, so I knew what I had to do, but I did play a perfect first set,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview.

“After that it was a little tighter. At this level, one or two points can turn a match and he was then back in the game at 4-1 up.

“The match could easily have gone to a third set but I managed to find the right shots at the right time to come back into the match. The tie-break I was maybe an inch better, but it was a tight, tight tie-break for both of us.”

It was the fourth consecutive final for Djokovic in Rome, and his sixth title at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia which he won in style not dropping a single set all week.

Afterwards the Serbian, who will now reach 370 weeks as world number one, said it was ideal preparation for his first Grand Slam appearance of the year at Roland Garros.

“Two days ago I played great,” Djokovic said. “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.”

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