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Djokovic will play the final in Rome

The Serb qualified on his 1.000th win

Novak Djokovic needed one more win a week before the French Open.

The Serbian, first in the world ranking, beat Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday in the semifinal of the Italian Open, with which he settled in his most relevant final so far this year.

After missing much of the activity at the start of the season due to his refusal to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, Djokovic will seek to extend his winning streak to five in a row over Stefanos Tsitsipas, his rival in the final this Sunday.

Read also: Tsitsipas first finalist in Rome

Djokovic seeks his sixth title in Rome. He earned the 1.000th career win from him. He is only the fifth man to reach that mark, after:

  • Jimmy Connors (1.274)
  • Roger Federer (1.251)
  • Ivan Lendl (1.068)
  • Rafael Nadal (1.051)

"I saw Roger and Rafa celebrate those milestones, and I was looking forward to having 1.000 wins too," said the tennis player.

The Balkan star is playing just his fifth tournament of the year. His previous best result was reaching the final of the Serbian Open last month. The week before, he fell to 19-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the Madrid Open semifinal.

AP

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