A week before the French Open, Serbia's star player Novak Djokovic gained a great rhythm to beat Kasper Rudd in straight sets to advance to the final of the Italian Open tennis tournament here on Saturday. World number one Djokovic made it to his biggest final of the year so far with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Rudd where he is about to try to win a sixth title.
Djokovic has also recorded his 1000th career win. He is just the fifth male player after Jimmy Connors (1,274 wins), Roger Federer (1,251), Ivan Lendl (1,068) and Rafael Nadal (1,051) to achieve this feat. After the match, Djokovic was given a cake with '1,000' written on it. Due to not being vaccinated related to the coronavirus, Djokovic had to be ruled out of several tournaments in the middle of the season, including the Australian Open.
Djokovic is set to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final and is looking to take forward the streak of winning 5 consecutive matches against the Greek player. Tsitsipas defeated Aleksandr Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a hard-fought contest to advance to the final in Rome for the first time. In the women's semi-finals, top seed Iga Swiatek defeated Arena Sabalenka 6-2, 6-1 to reach her 27th consecutive win. In the final, he will face Onnes Zebur, who has also won the 11th match in a row by defeating Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.