NAKOPO ni Novac Djokovic ang kanyang record-breaking 36th Masters 1000 title sa pamamagitan ng 7-5, 6-3 panalo laban kay Diego Schwartzman sa Internazionali BNL d’Italia final sa Rome.
Kasalo ng top-seeded at top-ranked Serbian sa record si World No. 2 Rafael Nadal ng Spain, subalit naungusan ang kanyang katunggali sa pagsikwat ng kanyang ika-5 tropeo sa Italian capital.
Humabol si Djokovic, 33, mula sa double break down sa opening set laban kay Schwartzman at iniangat ang kanyang record sa 31-1 ngayong season.
“It was a great week. A very challenging week. I don’t think I played my best tennis throughout the entire week, but I think I found my best tennis when I needed it the most in the decisive moments today, yesterday (and in) practically every match,” wika ni Djokovic.
“That definitely makes me very satisfied and proud that I managed to find that fifth gear when it was most needed. Turning to Paris, I couldn’t ask for a better tournament here in Rome. Another big title and (I am) super pleased with it.”
Sina Djokovic at Nadal ay nagwagi ng 14 sa huling 16 titles sa Rome.
Samantala, ang eighth-seeded na si Schwartzman, 28, ay nasa kanyang unang Masters 1000 final.