Novak Djokovic looks to maintain his perfect clay-court record against Stefanos Tsitsipas when they clash in the Italian Open final…
Novak Djokovic looks to maintain his perfect clay-court record against Stefanos Tsitsipas when they clash in the Italian Open final on Sunday.
The Serb has won all four meetings between the pair on surface; notably overturning a two-set deficit to snatch last year’s French Open showpiece from under his opponent’s nose.
This is familiar territory for Djokovic. The five-time champion is appearing in a record-equalling 12th final – level with Rafael Nadal – and fourth on the bounce.
And he has looked impressive in his quest for a record-extending 38th ATP 1000 title; overcoming Aslan Karatsev, Stan Wawrinka, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Casper Ruud without dropping a single set.
The semi-final victory over Ruud was the 1000th of his wonderful career; becoming only the fifth player in ATP history to reach that tally after Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl and Rafael Nadal.
Meanwhile, Tsitsipas has endured a more testing run to his maiden final in Rome.
The world number five survived two match points against Grigor Dimitrov in the opening round, while he was also forced to come from behind to defeat Karen Khachanov and Alexander Zverev in the third round and semi-finals respectively.
Nevertheless, the reigning Monte Carlo champion has found a way to maintain his impressive record on clay this season.
He has now won 14 of his 16 matches on surface and taken his overall tally to 31 for the season, with no player in the ATP recording more.
Also a runner-up in Amsterdam, Tsitsipas is now looking to stop the rot against Djokovic and claim his second title of the year.
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