Was looking forward to it: Novak Djokovic wins 1000th of his career to reach Italian Open final

Novak Djokovic entered the final of the Italian Open by defeating Casper Ruud in straight sets. The Serbian will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the tournament on Sunday, 15 May.

Nocvak Djokovic after his 1000th win. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Novakl Djokovic became the 5th person in the Open Era to reach 1000th tour-level win
  • Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are among the five players to reached the mark
  • Roger Federer has the most number of wins in the Open Era of Tennis

Current world number one Novak Djokovic stormed into the final of the Italian Open defeating Norway’s Casper Ruud by straight sets. Djokovic claimed his 1000th win of his career, to become only the fifth person in the open era to achieve the feat.

Djokovic will face Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final, who beat his opponent Alexander Zverev in a three set battle. The Greek came back strong from his loss in the first game, to win the match 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Djokovic will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the title clash on Sunday, with the Serbian playing in the final in Rome for the fourth straight time and 12th overall.

It will be a repeat of last year’s French Open final, which Djokovic won after fighting back from two sets down.

“Again, another final against him in one of the biggest tournaments we have in the world,” Djokovic told reporters.

“He’s definitely in form. I can expect a big battle, but I’m ready for it.”

The 34-year-old is only the fifth man in the Open Era to reach the 1,000 wins milestone after Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl and Rafa Nadal.

“I’ve seen Roger and Rafa celebrate those milestones in the last couple years. I was looking forward to get to that thousand myself,” Djokovic said.

“It’s been a long time, ever since I played my first match, ever since I won my first match on the tour. Hopefully, I can keep going.”


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