Novak Djokovic achieved his thousandth victory this Saturday on the circuit to reach the final of the Rome Masters 1000who will dispute with the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas a week before the start of Roland Garros.
Djokovic who dominated Casper Ruud this Saturday (6-4, 6-3), incidentally became the fifth player to reach the thousand wins barrier on the circuit.
“If I could have chosen a place to celebrate this thousandth victory, it would have been in Serbia or here,” said “Nole” upon receiving a cake adorned with the number 1000.
Djokovic Thus, he becomes part of the select circle of players with a thousand victories on the ATP circuit, where he is:
- Jimmy Connors (record 1,274 wins)
- Roger Federer
- Ivan Lendl
- Rafael Nadal
After putting on the title of the “1000 victories”Novak will now have to play his twelfth final on Roman clay against the Greek this Sunday Stefanos Tsitsipasfifth in the world, with the aim of obtaining a sixth Italian crown.
Djokovic-Tsitsipas will be a rematch of the last Roland Garros final, won by the Serbian at the end of a five-set battle. “Nole” dominates 6 wins to 2 against the Greek.
Still without a title this year after a first quarter with almost no playing due to his no vaccination against COVID-19 the Serbian has known how to use himself thoroughly.
While Tsitsipas will play his first final in Rome, a few weeks after retaining his title at the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo.
For its part, in the female category, the Tunisian Ons Jabeur (7th in the world) had to fight hard this Saturday to reach the final of the eternal city tournament, saving a match point against the Russian Daria Kasatkina (23rd), so she will face on Sunday the number 1 in the world and current champion, Iga Swiatek.