Top-seeded Novak Djokovic thought he played well against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina during their Rome Masters round-of-16 clash. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, stormed past rising Spanish star Davidovich Fokina 6-2 6-1 to reach the Rome quarterfinal.
Djokovic lost his serve in the opening game of the match but responded with three quick breaks to overturn the deficit and win the opener. Djokovic then started the second set with back-to-back and he took a 5-0 lead, before failing to convert any of his three match points in the sixth game.
But failing to convert three match points didn't affect Djokovic as he served out for the match in the following game. “I thought I played well. He started well and broke my serve in the first game. I made some errors, but I managed to break back right away and establish the control and consistency on the court.
I think from the back of the court I was just a bit more solid than him,” Djokovic said in his post-match interview. “He made some unforced errors and double faults in key moments, which obviously helped me get that necessary break forward.
I thought I played better, at least 20 or 30 per cent better, than I did against Fritz a few days ago. I am on a good trajectory and hopefully tomorrow will be even better”.
Djokovic set to face Stefanos Tsitsipas
Djokovic will be fighting next against Tsitsipas, who beat Matteo Berrettini in straight sets.
"My next match will be against a Top 10 player, so it is going to be a battle. Both of these guys are in great form. Tsitsipas won Monte-Carlo and Berrettini is just coming off the final in Madrid. I am obviously going to do my best to win that match, whoever I play against," Djokovic said.
Also, Djokovic acknowledged his forehand errors and said he has got to lift his level if he wants to win Rome. "Today I’ve made too many forehand errors, easy errors. Probably tomorrow I won’t be able to get away with it, so I have to be more aware and focused," Djokovic said, per Sasa Ozmo.
"I feel like I’m heading in the right direction, raising my game, we have two and a half weeks until RG. Although I’ve won it (only) once, I’ve always been consistent in Paris. "I hope to play three more matches here, the opponents are getting tougher, but that is what I need, in order to prepare for Paris."