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Italian Open: Novak Djokovic wins fifth Rome title for record 36th Masters crown

Halep lifts her first Italian Open prize

Novak Djokovic guaranteed a record 36th Masters crown yesterday, beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the last of the Italian Open.

The world number one came through 7-5, 6-3 in just shy of two hours to push forward of Spanish opponent Rafael Nadal (35) in the quantity of Masters titles.

Serb Djokovic won a fifth Rome title, and first since 2015, in the warm-up earth court competition for the following week’s French Open. Nine-time Rome victor Nadal, the shielding champion, fell in the quarter-finals to eighth-seed Schwartzman.

Djokovic had been unbeaten this season before his US Open exclusion for hitting a line judge with a ball in dissatisfaction.

The 33-year-old has won four prizes from five occasions in 2020 — the Australian Open, Dubai, Cincinnati, which was facilitated in New York, and Rome.

It was the tenth Rome last for Djokovic who has lost multiple times since his last triumph, including a year ago to Nadal.

Schwartzman, fifteenth on the planet, took Djokovic’s initial two help games to drove 3-0.

In any case, Djokovic mobilized for his fifth success over the Argentinian, to stretch out his record to 31 successes out of his 32 matches this year.

Halep beat Pliskova

Simona Halep lifted her first Italian Open prize on yesterday, a certainty help in front of the following week’s French Open, in the wake of protecting hero Karolina Pliskova resigned harmed in the Rome last.

World number two Halep was contending in her third Rome WTA last, having wrapped sprinter up in 2017 and 2018 on the earth at the Foro Italico. The favorite at last won her desired prize after Czech Pliskova resigned while following 6-0, 2-1 in the last.