What do Novak Djokovic’s and Serena Williams’ Rome titles mean for their French Open hopes?
Djokovic topped the world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and “King of Clay” 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
“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.”
Djokovic improved to 19-22 career against Nadal.
For the first time in 10 years, Nadal will enter Roland Garros with only one European clay court title.
“I felt that Novak was pushing me and has a great talent to play inside the lines,” Nadal said. “I think this week is important for me…I was able to compete well against one of the best players of the moment. I arrive to Roland Garros now more encouraged than how I felt a few weeks ago.”
Serena Williams beat an injured Sara Errani 6-3, 6-0 in the women’s final for her 60th career title.
“Sara played really well in the first set,” Serena said. “She was doing everything right and I could tell she had obviously improved since our last meeting in Paris last year. It was unfortunate she got injured in the last game of the set, but overall I thought she was playing really well out there.”
Williams is now 53-2 on clay since the start of the 2012 claycourt season.
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