The world ranking first Novak Djokovic is already in top shape before the French Open. The Serbian tennis star won the Masters-1000 event in Rome and thus celebrated a successful general rehearsal for the Grand Slam tournament in Paris starting on September 27th.
In the final of Rome the 33-year-old fought the Argentinean Diego Schwartzman with 7:5, 6:3. For Djokovic it was the 36th title at a Masters-1000 tournament, the events of the second highest category after the four Grand Slams. This was a challenging week, the preparations for Paris could not have gone better,”said Djokovic, who celebrated a successful general rehearsal for the French Open starting next week:”I did not always play my best tennis here, But I always found the fifth gear when I needed it.”
Djokovic used his third match after 1:53 hours. The Serb, who was disqualified at the US Open last in the quarter-finals for accidentally shooting a linebacker with a ball, But then the number one in the world rose and after 1:12 hours with the fourth volleyball still got the first pass.
Schwartzman, who had beaten Nadal surprisingly in the quarter finals, Djokovic made life difficult after that. However, the world ranking-15 could not take advantage of its break chances. Instead, Djokovic took the service from him at 5:3 and picked up the tournament victory shortly afterwards.
With the ladies, the world ranking second Simona Halep got the title. The Romanian woman benefited from the injury-related assignment of title defender Karolina Pliskova. In the final, the Czech woman had to fit at the booth of 6:0, 2:1 for Halep due to back problems.