A week or so after his disqualification at Flushing Meadows the world number one has replied in only the fashion he knows, by winning a title.
Not only has he won his fifth title in Rome but it is now a record-breaking 36th Masters 1000 title which is quite incredible. It has become a fight with Rafael Nadal for the most but titles in Cincinnati and Rome since the restart have put Djokovic back on top of the list.
Masters 1000 Titles
Novak Djokovic – 36
Rafael Nadal – 35
Roger Federer – 28
Andre Agassi – 17
Andy Murray – 14
Pete Sampras – 11
It is a quite phenomenal record to have won this many major titles and the way he bounced back from lockdown and disqualification is admirable!
Unfortunately people will look at the win and say he didn’t have to beat X, Y and Z to win the title but you can only beat who is in-front of you and it was far from straight forward.
Filip Krajinovic has proved problematic as Dominic Thiem found out in Cincinnati, Casper Ruud has been in good form as has Dominik Koepfer who took Novak to three sets.
Diego Schwartzman awaited in an unusual Monday final but the Argentine who defeated Rafa with a stunning performance over the weekend battled well with Djokovic but didn’t have the edge over the Serb.
It was an impressive week from Novak after what happened in New York and will do him good this week in Rome, he won’t head to Roland Garros as the favourite the talk will be about Thiem and Nadal but he will like that!