Djokovic’s Italian joy
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.
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.