Monday 5 December 2016

Djokovic’s Italian joy

Tennis

Published 18/05/2015 | 02:30

Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their final match at the Rome Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their final match at the Rome Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic bolstered his clay-court credentials a week ahead of Roland Garros with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over Roger Federer on Sunday to capture his fourth Italian Open title (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia sprays champagne after winning the final match over Roger Federer of Switzerland (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Novak Djokovic boosted his hopes of completing a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros after he lived up to his top billing at the Italian Open by brushing aside old rival Roger Federer in the final yesterday.

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After dropping a set in each of his three previous matches in Rome, the world No 1 showed that he was back to his best as he humbled Federer 6-4 6-3 to capture his fifth title of the year.

With one week to go until the French Open, the Serb extended his unbeaten run to 22 matches as he added to the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo titles he has won this season.

The first set went with serve until the final game when Djokovic rifled a return winner that clipped the edge of the tramline and converted his first set point as he and Federer met for the 39th time.

Earlier, Maria Sharapova ground down Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6 7-5 6-1 to claim the 35th WTA Tour victory of her career.

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