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Novak Djokovic wins first title of the season Ahead of 2022 French Open

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Novak Djokovic scored a instantly-sets victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday to finish an unblemished run thru the 2022 Italian Open men’s bracket for his first ATP tour name of the season.

Djokovic didn’t drop a single set across five matches to win the clay-court docket tournament, a Masters 1000 occasion, for the sixth time, which ranks second in records to Rafael Nadal (10).

The pinnacle-ranked player within the international has been operating to find pinnacle shape after missing a majority of the early-season schedule due to the fact he is unvaccinated against COVID-19, which made him ineligible to compete in numerous activities, including the Australian Open.

He looked back to his usual dominant level in the Italian Open, which marked his fourth tournament since mid-April after playing just one in the year’s first 3.5 months.

Not only did Djokovic win the title without dropping a set, he did so against a tough group of opponents: Aslan Karatsev, Stan Wawrinka, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Casper Ruud and Tsitsipas.

The 34-year-old Serbian looked downright unstoppable in the first set Sunday en route to a 6-0 clean sweep. His Greek counterpart played better in the second set, eventually forcing a tiebreaker, but the top seed won the breaker 7-5 to capture the championship.

“I have been building my form for the past couple of weeks, and I knew that my best shape on clay usually comes around Rome time, so it could not be better going into Roland Garros with a title,” Djokovic said after the win.

He extended his own record with a 38th Masters 1000 title.

It’s hard to consider anyone other than Nadal, a 13-time French Open champion, the favorite at the season’s second Grand Slam event. Carlos Alcaraz has also been on quite a roll leading up to the event at Roland Garros, which gets underway May 22.

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