Novak Djokovic wins 1,000th ATP match, will play Stefanos Tsitsipas in Italian Open final

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Novak Djokovic was currently among just 3 males with 20 or more Grand Slam titles, and he went into another special club Saturday. The Serbian won his 1,000th ATP match versus Casper Ruud at the Italian Open, punching his ticket to the competition’s last while doing so. 

After beating Ruud 6-4, 6-3, Djokovic now signs up with Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl and Rafael Nadal as the only males with 1,000-plus wins in the Open Era. Djokovic and Federer each have 20 Grand Slam titles, one listed below Nadal’s record 21. 

“I’ve seen Roger and Rafa celebrate those milestones in the last couple of years and I was looking forward to get to that 1,000 myself,” Djokovic stated after the match. “I’m really, really blessed and privileged to have that many victories on the Tour. It’s been a long time, ever since I won my first match on the Tour. Hopefully I can keep going and many more victories to come.”

After the match, Djokovic commemorated on court with a cake celebrating his 1,000th win. The world No. 1 later tweeted an image of the event, thanking fans for their assistance and “hoping for many victories to come.” 

Djokovic can gather win No. 1,001 in Sunday’s Italian Open last. The 34-year-old has actually delighted in substantial success in Rome and specifically of late; he’s won the competition 5 times and contended in 12 finals, consisting of the last 4. 

This time, Djokovic will square off versus Stefanos Tsitsipas, who reached his very first Italian Open last after a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 semifinal win over Alexander Zverev.



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