With a 6-0, 7-6 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, Novak Djokovic secured his first tournament win of the season without losing a set, which started badly for him four months ago in Australia.
After missing the first Grand Slam tournament, Novak Djokovic seems to have found top form again just before the second major event, the French Open. In the semifinals (6: 4, 6: 3 against Casper Ruud) and final (6: 0, 7: 6 against Stefanos Tsitsipas), the 34-year-old Serb did not lose a set against the strongest opponents. Djokovic earned his 1000 and 1001 victories on the tour. Only Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal won more often.
While Djokovic is still catching up in terms of the number of victories on the tour, he continued to extend the lead in a more important statistic. Djokovic won an ATP 1000 Masters for the 38th time. Not only has he won more Masters tournaments than anyone else, he is the only tennis player to win all nine (Indian Wells, Key Biscayne, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, Canadian Open, Cincinnati, Shanghai, Paris-Bercy) – and not just once , but all at least twice. Djokovic triumphed for the sixth time at the Italian Open in Rome.
The fact that Novak Djokovic only won his first tournament of the year in mid-May may be unusual, but it is not a premiere. Four years ago, when the Serb fought back after an injury break, he only started winning tournaments again in the second half of the season.