Italian Open : Djokovic wins, now has most Masters title wins to his name
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“I’m super pleased,” Djokovic said.
“It was a great week, a very challenging week. I don’t think I played my best tennis this week but I think I found my best tennis in the decisive moments.
“I’m proud I managed to needed to find that fifth gear when I needed to.”
Watched by a crowd of about 1,000 socially distanced fans, Djokovic got off to a poor start against Argentine eighth seed Schwartzman, but finally got the grip on the set and match and won 7-5, 6-3
It is Djokovic’s 81st career title and fourth of the year and sends him to Roland Garros with a spring in his step after his humiliating exit from the US Open, where he was defaulted for accidentally hitting a ball at a line judge.
The French Open starts on Sunday, with Nadal seeking a record-extending 13th men’s singles title in Paris.