Sunday - Sep 24, 2017

Djokovic and Williams continue their winning ways in Rome

Djorkovic and Williams continue their winning ways in Rome

Novak Djokovic came out as winner in the first semi- major tennis tournament of the season, defeating Rafael Nadal to win his third Italian Open in Rome.

Djokovic played well within himself while overcoming Nadal, the defending champion and the world’s current world number one 4-6 6-3 6-3 in two hours and 19 minutes.

Signalling another possible change of dominance at the top of the world of male tennis, which has been swinging back and forward in the last few years, Djokovic has now come out on top in his last three matches against Nadal, as well as winning five out of the last six ATP Masters 1000 events.

Yesterday’s defeat in Rome was the first time that Nadal, who also lost in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo and Barcelona tournaments, has come out second in more than two matches played on his favorite clay surface, the last time in season 2004.

After picking up his trophy, in an interview, Novak Djokovic confessed that his victory had been overshadowed by an emotional week, with the severe flooding in his home country of Serbia causing devastation and death.

“Part of me is very happy to win the tournament here in Rome – it is a big one in our sport. On the other hand, my thoughts and all my love is with my people in Serbia.” Summed up the Serbian.

Now the players will continue the tournament season by heading to this year’s French Open at Roland Garros. Rafael Nadal has often reigned supreme on the clay courts at Roland Garros, winning the tournament no less than eight-times, overcoming Djokovic in a highly dramatic semi-final last season, before going on to defeat David Ferrer of Spain in straight sets .

In the woman’s tournament in Rome, Serena Williams continued to demonstrate why she remains World number one as she easily overpowered local favorite Sara Errani 6-3 6-0 to retain her Italian Open title.

Serena, now 32, showed the Italian crowd at Rome’s Foro Italico that she is as strong as ever, defeating Ms. Errani, in the process taking her record on clay to 53 wins since 2012 with just two defeats during that time. Ms. Williams now won 60 WTA titles, putting out in seventh in the all-time winners list.

Sara Errani went into the final in Rome on Saturday knowing she had a mountain to climb as Williams had defeated her in all six of their previous matches, with the last time they met bringing a victory within 46-minutes in the 2013 French Open semi-final, where Sara won just one game.

This time she did a little better, despite being the first Italian player to reach the final in almost two decades. As ever Serena powered to an early lead, while matters got was for Errani, after she required medical timeout for a problem with her left thigh.

With Rome behind her, Serena Williams will be going into the French Open, which begins next Sunday, as a the strongest possible favorite where she will be hoping to win her 18th Grand Slam.

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