The boss is back in business. At the best time. Novak Djokovic overcame Stefanos Tsitsipas, this Sunday, in the final of the Masters 1000 in Rome (6-0, 7-6) to offer himself a 6th title in the Italian capital and above all to fill up with confidence in a Roland-Garros week.
Many questions have surrounded the world No. 1 since the start of the year. Several of them flew into the Roman sky after this first coronation of the season, his 38th in Masters 1000. Novak Djokovic, forced to stop during the first quarter due to his non-vaccination against Covid- 19, reassured at the same time as he reassured himself on the other side of the Alps with the 87th title of his rich career, succeeding in the eternal city to Rafael Nadal who worries much more before the Porte d’appointment. Auteuil with his elimination in the round of 16 and an uncertain physique.
If he was beaten in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and then in Serbia for his debut on the clay court season, Novak Djokovic appeared much more dashing. Witness his career in Rome, where he did not concede a single set, and the first round of the final, where he extinguished the Greek, whom he had beaten last year in the Roland-Garros final in five innings.
The second set was more hooked with a much less timorous Tsitsipas. The seeded No. 4 even managed to break “Djoko” at the start of the round, but the Serb managed to pick up before making the difference in the tie-break to taste the joy of a coronation which he had been for a long time private. “My level of play has risen. I know my best form on earth comes after a few tournaments and in Rome it was wonderful,” he said.
Proof that he will have to be counted on at Roland-Garros (May 22-May 5), where he will present himself as one of the favorites, if not the big favorite for his own succession.