Novak Djokovic admits Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal motivated landmark 1000th win in Rome | Tennis | Sport


The 20-time Major champion will now face Stefanos Tsitsipas for win number 1,001 and for the Italian Open title. It will be a rematch of last year’s French Open final, in which Djokovic came from two sets down to win the 19th of his 20 Grand Slams. Looking back the match, he said: “Yeah I mean it was in finals of Roland Garros. Again, another finals against him in one of the biggest tournaments we have in the world.”

And Djokovic was complimentary of the world No 5, continuing: “He’s definitely in form, the last few years he’s been top two, three clay court players, in general the top two, theee in the world but especially on the clay court. Winning Monte Carlo, always reaching final stages of the biggest events on clay so touch match expecting me.

“I think last year, two years ago we played really, really long two-day quarter-final and I can expect a big battle on the court but I’m ready for it.”




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