At the Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2020, in Rome, it is still the number 1ofn the world Novak Djokovic to triumph: the Serbian champion won his 5th career title in Rome (out of ten finals) and the 36 ATP Masters 1000 in his career, thus distancing Rafael Nadal still at 35 (Roger Federer is third with 28 Masters titles).
The Serb won in straight sets against Diego Schwartzman with the final score of 7-5 6-3. A new and further record for the Serb protagonist of an incredible 2020 and author of an incredible streak of successes that, beyond the pandemic, sees him with zero defeats to his credit except for that ugly stain that occurred in New York with the disqualification of the Round of 16 against Carreno Busta.
Novak Djokovic and the 5th title in Rome
Shock start for Djokovic who starts with several mistakes, misses both short balls and backhands and the Argentine moves to 3-0 with two breaks ahead. In the meantime, the first drops of rain emerge.
In the next game Schwartzman suffers the pressure and commits a heavy double foul on the break point. Djokovic enters the game completely (and removed the short balls problem) also recovers the other break and goes to 3-3. Djokovic raises the level while the Argentine seems to suffer slightly from the fatigue of the previous days, in the tenth game, however, Diego cancels a set point with a fantastic point and goes to 5 all.
In the twelfth game Djokovic has 3 set points on the service of an increasingly foul Schwartzman and at the third chance he takes advantage of the opportunity and wins the first set 7-5. In the second set we start in the wake of the first with Schwartzman who immediately makes the break using the mistakes of a distracted Djokovic.
Schwartzman does not take advantage of it again, makes a few mistakes too many and suffers the counterbreak with the Serbian who goes forward 2-1. The two maintain their service until the eighth game where Djokovic picks up the pace, takes the break and thus closes the practice, closing at the third match point.
It's still Novak Djokovic. It ends 7-5; 6-3 with the Serbian champion this year stopped only by disqualifications. Great tournament for Schwartzman, in his first final in a Masters 1000 and protagonist of the surprise of the tournament with the victory over Rafael Nadal.
Novak Djokovic is now expected to return directly to the Parisian clay-courts for the long-awaited autumn Roland Garros, which will be played in the French capital (with a crowd of 5,000 people per day, despite the severe health crisis in the country) from 28 September to 11 October 2020.