Djokovic To Face Schwartzman For Rome Masters Title
by Staff | September 20th, 2020, 8:52 pm

Novak Djokovic will seek a record 36th career Masters title Monday against Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the Rome final.

Djokovic, a 4-time Rome champion, reached his 10th final cruising past surprise semifinalist Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3.

Djokovic overcame multiple set points with Ruud serving 5-4, 40-15 in the first. From there, Djokovic ran off 9 of the next 12 games to deny to Norwegian who had never reached this far at a Masters before.

“It is super important. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be here,” said Djokovic of winning on Monday. “I don’t take anything for granted, even after 15 years on the Tour, I still enjoy it.

“I still have a hunger for the titles and putting myself in a position to fight for the title is exactly where I want to be.”

In the final, it will be Schwartzman who won’t have a day off after a marathon 3h15m win over Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(4).

“I’m very, very happy. I think today was a crazy match, it was really tough for us,” Schwartzman said. “On my side I’m very happy because I have the win.”

The 21-year-old Shapovalov served for the at 5-4 in the third but failed to close. The win means Schwartzman is two sets from a first Masters title and a Top 10 ranking.

“I have two dreams tomorrow. One is winning a tournament like this and the second one Top 10,” Schwartzman said. “I need to play more than my 100 per cent. I don’t want to say impossible, because it’s not impossible. I know I can beat him. But it’s going to be very difficult.”

Shapovalov came up just short of reaching his second Masters final in 12 months.

“It’s big for my part to be able to go toe-to-toe against him from the back despite struggling with my serve,” said Shapovalov. “I think it shows great improvement from me, and I’m really, really pleased with the way I was able to play.”

Schwartzman is 0-4 against Djokovic, but he was 0-9 against Nadal before his stunning win.

“Diego played the match of his life last night and he also is most comfortable on clay,” Djokovic said. “Whatever comes my way, I will be ready and hopefully I can get my hands on the trophy.”

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8 Comments for Djokovic To Face Schwartzman For Rome Masters Title

Wog Boy Says:

Nole had to beat two opponents, Ruud and rude chair umpire.

I can understand you can be wrong once, even twice but to make three clearly wrong line calls against Nole and in most critical moments in the match (one when Ruud was serving for the set), really, give me a break?!

Staff, it was worth mentioning it, of course if you watched the match which you obviously didn’t.

Wog Boy Says:

Schwartzman is on fire, Nole isn’t, advantage Diego.

Van Persie Says:

I do not agree, WB :). Diego was on fire against Rafa, he was not able to be at the same level against Shapo and he will be even more tired today.
Nole struggled yesterday, but he played better than he did on Saturday. I expect him to play even better today :D

chrisford1 Says:

When I hear the “old crew” of people, even McEnroe of all people tsk-tsking Djokovic as having a terrible year with his ‘unforgivable on-court behavior and Crime Against All Humanity Adria Tour” that “overshadows everything” I have to laugh.

He and Dominic Thiem are having great years!
8th AO, 2nd Masters Sweep, going past Pete with 287 weeks as #1, with what looks likely to be enough to stay #1 until the AO 2021, he will surpass Federer’s 310 weeks. Just moved ahead of Rafa in most Masters won, and most finals.
Oh, and did anyone forget…the sucker is still UNDEFEATED!!! (with an administrative “L” in the W-L column but no player has taken him down yet.
Rafa will, most likely, if they face off in the FO, or Thiem might beat him, or Zverev could have a crazy good day – but if Djokovic somehow wins the French – that would be something people would say if he closes by winning the ATP Finals…was the most special of years a tennis pro ever had.

And congrats to Diego for dropping Rafa and making it to his 1st Masters final. He’s as hard a worker as David Ferrer was and it is easy to root for his success. Like Ferrer, I hope he gets some nice title before his career ends.

Wog Boy Says:

You were right, yet again;)
Numero Uno sounds nicer than Number One, no offence to English language.

Van Persie Says:


Glad I was right, hehe. He played better today.
Numero Uno really sounds great 🙂


Great post.😉

Wog Boy Says:

For Nole to beat 310 weeks as Numero Uno he has to stay #1 until the first week of March, too early to call since he has to defend lot of points, ATP Cup, AO and Dubai points.
He is on a good way to tie Sampras with by finishing the year for the 6th time as Numero Uno.
One step at the time;)

chrisford1 Says:

Thanks VP, and you are always someone I read closely for some nice insights on things.
Wog Boy, you are right on when Novak would pass Fed (March) assuming he stays #1 the whole time until then, it appears I dropped 10 weeks off and just went to 300 instead of Feds 310, which I know is the real record.
Not that I wish Fed ill, but if Novak does eclipse Fed in weeks at #1, and is at 18 or 19 in Slamcount when Wimbledon happens – SHOULD Novak and Fed play – I’d chip in money to to get Djokovic’s cantankerous Dad a Novak-GOAT Tshirt to obnoxiously wear around the grounds, on the back “I was RIGHT 30 years ago! My son is the GREATEST!”.

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