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Sublime Novak Djokovic Cruises To An Historic Fifth Title In Indian Wells





Novak Djokovic became the first man in history to win the BNP Paribas Masters on five separate occasions after producing a crushing 6-2, 6-0, win over an injury-plague Milos Raonic in Indian Wells.

Playing in his fifth final at the California tournament, Djokovic overcame a testing opening match against American qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo before later producing straight sets wins over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Rafael Nadal to reach his 39th final at a Masters event. In contrast, Raonic defeated Tomas Berdych, Gael Monfils and David Goffin to reach his third Masters final.

Seeking an historic fifth title in the desert, Djokovic dominated proceedings from the onset by breaking Raonic in the first game of the match. Squandering his first break point, it was better luck for the Serbian with his second after a forehand shot from his opponent landed in the tramlines. The early momentum continued in Djokovic’s favor against Raonic, who displayed rare glimpses of his talent. The top seed cruised to a double break for 3-0 following a cross-court unforced error from the Canadian.

Djokovic’s dominance was displayed by him winning 12/15 return points in the first three games of the match. As the set drifted away from the Canadian, Raonic finally got himself on the scoreboard in the fifth game with the help of a deep serve down the line. Despite the rise in Raonic’s game as the set progressed, it was still not enough to tame a flawless Djokovic. Serving for the first set, Djokovic concluded a perfectly constructed rally with a deep forehand down the line, forcing his opponent to return the ball in the net, to lead 40-0. Failing to convert the first two set points, the world No.1 was handed the set after error No.15 sailed of Raonic’s racket.

The odd thing about the first first set was that it was Raonic who produced the highest amount of winners (11 compared to Djokovic’s eight). The telling factor was the unforced error count, which was four from the Serbian compared to 15 from his rival.

One explanation for Raonic’s slump became apparent when he took a three-minute timeout after dropping the opening set. The Canadian has been hampered by injury through 2016 and missed all of February due to an abductor issue.

The odds of Raonic staging a shock comeback rapidly declined after Djokovic broke with ease once again at the start to the second set before holding his serve to love for a 2-0 lead. As the Canadian moved gingerly around the court, the majority of rallies was decided by a series of blistering forehand winners flying of Djokovic’s Racket. Djokovic knew how to take advantage of his opponent’s biggest weapon, his serve, leaving the Canadian without a plan B. He moved to a game away from the title after a seemingly straightforward forehand from the Canadian shot into the sky above, prompting a sense of despair from the American crowd. Facing little resistance, Djokovic clinched his 27th Masters 1000 title after a forehand from Raonic failed to go over the net.

During his one-sided encounter, the world No.1 produced 15 winners and only four unforced errors. Furthermore, Djokovic won 79% of first service points and claimed 9/10 points at the net. During his award ceremony, the 28-year-old wished his injured opponent a speedy recovery.

I am sorry that you were not at your best today, and I hope you heal yourself in time for Miami“. The world No.1 said.

The Serbian then made an interesting comment by publicly expressing his support for the tournament to be upgraded to a special Masters status. Recently the tournament has been in discussions with the ATP surrounding upgrading the event to a ‘Super Masters’ event. The proposals will move the event higher than the current Masters 1000 status, but still below the superiority of the Grand Slam tournaments.

I truly believe that this tournament deserves to be a level higher than it is now. Between 1000 and grand slam there is nothing, but we could create something for Indian Wells.” Djokovic said.

The triumph has now placed Djokovic at joint first with Rafael Nadal for the most Masters titles in history with 27 each. The world No.1 has won eight out of the last 11 Masters tournaments.

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Rafael Nadal claims his ninth title in Rome



Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic 6-0 4-6 6-1 in the eagerly awaited final of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on the Centre Court in Rome to claim his ninth title of his legendary career in the Italian capital. Nadal has become the first player in history to win 34 Masters 1000 titles.


Nadal and Djokovic met for the 54th time in their careers and for the 26time in a final. Djokovic entered the Rome final with a 28-25 win-loss record and beat Nadal in three sets in this year’s Australian Open final by the scoreline of 6-3 6-2 6-3.

The top 2 players of the ATP Ranking won 12 of the last 14 Rome titles.

Nadal took a bagel win in a one-sided first set with three consecutive breaks and earned 59 % of his return points. Nadal broke in the first game of the opening set after a loose forehand from Djokovic. Nadal went up a double break to open a 3-0 lead with a forehand down the line and claimed the opening set in the sixth game with a service winner after 38 minutes.

Djokovic bounced back in the second set and earned a break point in the fourth game, but Nadal saved it with a forehand down the line winner.

The Serbian player saved three break points he faced in the seventh game of the second set and fended off another chance at 4-4. Nadal wasted a game point in the 10th game and sent a forehand long to drop serve in the 10th game. With his only break Djokovic claimed the second set 6-4 forcing the match to the third set.

The Serbian player earned his first break point of the match at 2-1 in the second set with a forehand, but Nadal saved it with an forehand winner. Nadal brought up three break points at 3-3 0-40 with a lob that Djokovic smashed into the net.

Djokovic saved the 4th fourth break point of the second set at 4-4 before breaking serve at deuce in the 10th game to close out the second set 6-4, when Nadal missed wide.

Nadal started the decisive set with an immediate break at deuce in the opening game. Djokovic saved a break point in the third game at deuce, but dropped his serve for the second time at 30 in the fifth game to trail 1-4 after a backhand error Nadal wrapped up the match with his third break in the seventh game on his first match point at deuce to clinch his ninth title in Rome and his 34th Masters 1000 trophy. Nadal has lifted his first title of the 2019 season and his first tournament since last August’s Rogers Cup.

Nadal won the Rome title for the second consecutive year becoming the first player to successfully defend a title in 2019. The Spanish player had not won a single tournament in 2019, but he reached three consecutive semifinals in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.

The Spanish player becomes the oldest Rome champion in the history of the Rome tournament.

Nadal received the Rome trophy from former Roland Garros and Rome champion Gustavo Kuerten during a ceremony attended by Italian tennis legend Nicola Pietrangeli and Italian tennis Federation President Angelo Binaghi.

“For me it’s always an honour to play in Rome. I played here for the first time in 2005. I thank the crowd for their support. I played the first set very well. The most important thing is to return to my best level. All titles are special, but this win means a lot to me, because Rome has a very important place in the history of our sport. I had a very difficult week. For me, as I have said ever day, winning titles is important, but for me the most important thing is to feel myself competitive and healthy. And then with the feeling I am improving.” Nadal said during a post-match interview with TennisTV.

 “I know if I reach my level, you can win or you can lose, but normally I will have my chances. Especially on this surface. I am very happy with my victory. It was a great match, I played well and now I’m just enjoying the moment.” Nadal summarised.

 “It is always special playing against Novak, against Roger (Federer). These kind of matches has been tradition in the sport for the last 10 or so years.” he said.

 “Novak is having a great season. Winning in Australia and winning last week in Madrid. It’s an important win for me, but what means a lot is winning again here in Rome. It is one of the most important events of the year.”

Nadal did not drop a set en route to reaching the final, while four-time Rome champion Djokovic won two three-set marathon matches against Juan Martin Del Porto in the quarter final and Diego Schwartzman in the semifinal and spent 5 hours and 34 minutes compared to Nadal ‘s 3 hours and 22 minutes.

“No, I don’t want to talk about the fatigue. Simply Nadal was the better player today.” Djokovic said during the trophy presentation.


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Novak Djokovic battles past Diego Schwartzman to set up a blockbuster final against Rafael Nadal in Rome



Novak Djokovic battled past Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 in the semifinal of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia setting up a blockbuster final against Rafael Nadal.


In their previous head-to-head match Djokovic recovered from 2 sets to one down to win in five sets at 2017 Roland Garros.

Both players played a good match, but Djokovic raised his level in the most decisive moments of the match. Djokovic was not affected by his 3-hour marathon match against Juan Martin Del Potro, where he saved two match points.

Djokovic won another thrilling match after 2 hours and 31 minutes against Schwartzman reaching his 9th final in Rome and his 49th title match at Masters 1000 level.

Djokovic converted four of his five break points and dropped his serve twice.

Djokovic got his first break in the eighth game, when Schwartzman netted a backhand. Djokovic held his serve with three winners in the ninth game to close out the opening set 6-3 after 38 minutes.

Djokovic and Schwartzman traded four consecutive breaks from 3-2 in the second set. Schwartzman went up a break twice at 4-2 and 5-3, but Djokovic broke back both times in the seventh and ninth games to draw level to 5-5 setting up a tie-break. Schwartzman took two mini-breaks and won all points on serve to win the tie-break 7-2 forcing the match to the third set.

In the third set they traded five service games before Djokovic earned the decisive break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead, when Schwartzman made a backhand error. The Serbian player held serve in the ninth game to secure his spot in the final.

Djokovic and Nadal will meet for the 54th time. The Serbian player leads 28-25 in his head-to-head matches against the Spaniard. Both players hold the record of 33 Masters 1000 titles.

“He keeps on showing to the world why Nadal is one of the biggest legends of tennis history. I have the greatest respect for him. He is my greatest of all time. Every time we get to play each other, it’s a thrill. It’s the ultimate challenge”, said Djokovic.  

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Novak Djokovic Keeps Faith Ahead Of Schwartzman Semi-Final In Rome

Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith as he looks forward to a semi-final match with Diego Schwartzman in Rome.



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World number one Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith ahead of his Rome semi-final against Diego Schwartzman. 


The four-time champion survived a massive test late last night as he battled past Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in just over three hours.

After saving two match points the Serb proved to be too clinical as he clinched victory at about 1am in the morning on Saturday.

In a short interview after his match Djokovic said that keeping faith was important in his quarter-final victory, I never lost faith I could come back to the match,” Djokovic explained.

“One break of serve, mini break in the tiebreak when he was 6-4, more or less open forehand that he was making the entire match, that’s all it took for me to come back. I’m just really pleased to overcome.”

In addition to keeping mentally strong, Djokovic also praised Del Potro’s performance as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, “He was playing really good. I tried my best obviously all the way till the end,” Djokovic said.

I lost probably the positioning of the court over him. Towards the end of the first he just started hitting the ball really well from both corners. Also backhand side, backhand down the line. He was playing really well. Gave me a lot of trouble.”

Next up for Djokovic is Diego Schwartzman who is into his first ever masters 1000 semi-final and is yet to drop a set this week.

The Serb leads the head-to-head 2-0 although their last match went to five sets at Roland Garros a couple of years ago. It should be a fascinating match which takes place at 8pm local time as Djokovic looks to keep the faith heading into the French Open.



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