Novak Djokovic beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to get the Italian Open title



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Novak Djokovic beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to get the Italian Open title

Novak Djokovic wins the Internazionali BNL d'Italia for the sixth time in his career and after winning number 1000 he also grabs title number 64. A two-sided game against Stefanos Tsitsipas, who acts as a non-paying spectator in the first set and squanders a break of advantage in the second.

Nole becomes three other things even the oldest player to win Rome exactly one year behind Nadal, who in the final of the last edition was 34 years, 11 months and 11 days days. The Spaniard was mocked for a little over a week.

However, the final 6-0 7-6 (5) is emblematic. The first set is as much a competitive training (for Djokovic) as a brutal repetition (for the Greek). Nole sets up the first half hour of play in a simply perfect way. Needless to say, he anticipates every single fifteen in response, closes with 90% of the points with the first ball and basically, thanks to an extraordinarily proactive tendency, completely eliminates unforced errors from the tactical plan.

Tsitsipas does not shine, of course, but more than anything else he sins for a rather submissive attitude. The 6-0 is not a liar, but probably excessive. Here: Tsitsi just needs to change an attitude and Djokovic just needs to drop minimally, especially with the joke available.

The game changed completely, with the Greek talent taking a step forward during the protracted exchanges and putting Djokovic in more difficulty. Forced to overtime even under 1-4 after a 2-12 run. Djokovic looks to 15-30 in the seventh game, but above all to 3-5.

With intelligence, and with incredible precision, on one of the most delicate points of the set he does not take risks but moves the Greek from right to left until he forces the Greek to a very short ball. At the first useful opportunity, the Serbian champion remains attentive and forcefully returns to the track and obviously the most delicate of appointments with the tie break are not missing.

Djokovic does not take excessive risks: more than anything else he teases the Greek into error. The heaviest arrives at 2-2, even if it does not immediately prove decisive in the economy of the match. Djokovic shoots at 5-2, but with the serve available at 5-4 he loses an arm wrestling on the diagonal of the forehand. However, an ace is a prelude to a Tsitsipas error.