In the press conference, after he got the ATP 1000 wins, in the semifinal of the Italian Open against Casper Ruud, Novak Djokovic admitted that he would like to challenge Rafael Nadal to golf once they both retire from tennis.
Djokovic is growing rapidly after the difficulties of the beginning of the year, largely related to the fact of not having vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The Serbian phenomenon was prevented from defending the title at the Australian Open, at the end of a soap opera that also caused him serious damage to his image.
Due to strict US regulations, the world number 1 also had to give up the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami. With the initial rust disposed of, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has been showing signs of revival in recent weeks.
After reaching the final in Belgrade and the semifinal in Madrid, Nole reached also the finalm of the Italian Open 2022, after he dfeated Casper Ruud at the Foro Italico, in what was a historical match.
Djokovic and Nadal on the golf lawns
Djokovic said: "Rafael Nadal and I have created a beautiful rivalry on the tennis court.
One day I would like to play golf with him only as good friends, but knowing our nature we would both do anything to win." After Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl and Rafael Nadal, finally Novak Djokovic reaches 1000 ATP victories.
Against Casper Ruud it turns out to be a more thorny game, from a genuinely mental point of view, than the premises after the initial 4-0 run would suggest. Djokovic has the extraordinary ability to net-hydraulicize Ruud's tactical plan in every way.
The Norwegian then takes more courage from the baseline at the start of the second and tries to hold on to the score with everything he has available. The final 6-4 6-3 is practically a logical consequence. Djokovic thus reaches his twelfth final in Rome where in the final he played against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The Greek talent gets rid, not without difficulty, of the 2017 edition champion Alexander Zverev. For the first Greek final in Rome, the second this season in an ATP Masters after the victory in Monte-Carlo.