Congrats to Novak Djokovic fans. The Serbian played two sets of the best tennis he’s after played on clay defeating his rival Rafael Nadal 46, 63, 63 in the Rome Masters 1000 final.
Djokovic, who dealt with some doubt after injuring his right wrist early last month, now goes into the French Open full of confidence as he seeks his first title there and with it the completion of a career Grand Slam.
“It’s been a great week considering where I’ve been a few weeks ago with the wrist injury,” Djokovic said. “Luckily for me, I played with no pain and increased the level of tennis as the week went on. I’ve had some tough matches. Four out of five matches were three-setters and I had to come back from one set down yesterday against Raonic and today again. That gives me a lot of confidence. Winning against Rafa in the final of a big tournament on clay, his preferred surface, is definitely a confidence booster.”
In the interview below Djokovic added that he dedicated the win to his country which was hit by severe flooding this week.
Djokovic has now defeated Nadal in their last four meetings, winning eight of nine sets. The victory was also his first with new coach Boris Becker in attendance.
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