Internazionali BNL d’Italia it’s Schwartzman best event. A year before he reached the semifinal (lost 3-6, 7-6, 3-6 to Djokovic), this year the final. He optimistically began leading *3:0 (30-all), but was a bit lucky that Djokovic made unnecessary sprint to the net and back at 40/30 in the opening game which cost him problems with breathing until the 90-second break. At 4-all the Argentinian had a mini set point when the Serb outplayed him in a cat & mouse rally. There was 3-all in the 2nd set when Djokovic won 12 of the last 14 points. “It was a great week. A very challenging week. I don’t think I played my best tennis throughout the entire week, but I think I found my best tennis when I needed it the most in the decisive moments today, yesterday [and in] practically every match,” said Djokovic.
Djokovic’s route to his 81st title:
2 Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-2
3 Filip Krajinovic 7-6(7), 6-3
Q Dominik Koepfer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
S Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3
W Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3
# Djokovic has now won one Masters 1K title more (36th) than Nadal, and secures 287th weeks as No. 1 passing Sampras
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