Novak Djokovic sealed his sixth Italian Open title with a 6-0 7-5 victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday and insisted he couldn’t have requested for a greater lead as much as Roland Garros.
The Serbian has endured a tumultuous 2022, being deported from Australia in January to overlook the primary grand slam of the yr earlier than his choice to stay unvaccinated contributed in direction of plenty of tournaments being skipped as a result of entry restrictions imposed by varied nations.
Most nations at the moment are enjoyable guidelines and Djokovic will resume his quest for main quantity 21 later this month when he competes within the French Open and he’ll head there in kind after a profitable week in Rome, the place he did not drop a set.
“To some extent it’s a reduction as a result of after all the things that occurred initially of the yr, it was necessary for me to win an enormous title, particularly with Grand Slams arising the place clearly I wish to play my greatest,” the world primary instructed a press convention.
“I couldn’t ask for a greater lead-up to Roland Garros actually. Serbian Open finals, actually working my manner by way of the event bodily. Then Madrid (Open), higher performances, however nonetheless possibly not as sharp in these decisive moments. And right here all the things sort of got here collectively and clicked.
“I’m going to Paris with undoubtedly confidence and good emotions about my possibilities there.”
Djokovic’s failure to compete on the Australia Open and the following furore which adopted Down Underneath made headlines throughout the globe.
The 20-time grand slam champion is raring to attract a line below the entire saga forward of this month’s French Open.
Talking after his one hour and 37 minute battle with Tsitsipas, Djokovic added: “It’s one thing that I by no means confronted earlier than, so that quantity of strain and all the things that I used to be feeling within the first few months of the yr, as a lot as I’ve felt strain in my life and my profession, that was one thing actually on an entire totally different stage.
“However I really feel it’s already behind me. I really feel nice on the court docket. Mentally as nicely. I’m contemporary. I’m sharp. Yeah, it’s simply one thing that occurred up to now.”
After producing a classic opening set in Rome, Djokovic was 5-2 down within the second earlier than he roared again to triumph and turn out to be the oldest Italian Open winner on the age of 34.
It proved to be a household double after Djokovic’s seven-year-old son additionally gained his first event on Sunday.
“Effectively, the journey began profitable. My son gained the event immediately. I simply acquired that information. A sunshine double immediately,” the Italian Open winner revealed.
“If he needs to embark on this journey, I assume I’ve to embark with him, too. In fact, I’ll be thrilled if he performs tennis.”
Earlier within the day, Iga Swiatek secured a fifth straight title by beating Ons Jabeur to efficiently defend her Italian Open crown.
The 20-year-old Pole has been unstoppable since taking on as world primary from Ashleigh Barty, together with her final defeat coming in Dubai again in February.
Swiatek didn’t drop a set in Rome and eased to a 6-2 6-2 victory over ninth seed Jabeur for her twenty eighth consecutive win forward of the French Open, the place she shall be an amazing favorite to say a second grand slam title.
Jabeur was herself on an 11-match successful run having gained her greatest title in Madrid final week however had negotiated a considerably extra troublesome path in making it to the ultimate on the Foro Italico.
Swiatek, who had misplaced her final two conferences with Jabeur, stamped her authority on the match early on and regarded in complete management at a set and 4-0 up.
Jabeur tried a fightback, successful two video games in a row, however Swiatek withstood intense strain to carry within the seventh recreation and clinched her first match level quickly after.
“I’m going to attempt to do step-by-step, simply consider the following match as I did on these tournaments,” she stated of the French Open.
“I already know that I did some nice stuff this season, so I really feel like I can simply play freely and never suppose I’ve to win some tournaments or I’ve to win some matches.”