Novak Djokovic. [Photo: The Japan Times]
September 21st 2020 – World number one Novak Djokovic secured his place in the finals of the Italian Open with victory over Casper Ruud. The Serbian, who has won the clay court tournament four times, claimed a 7-5 6-3 victory over the Norwegian, who is ranked 34 world-wide.
A maximum of 1,000 people were allowed in the stands for the first time this week to watch Sunday’s action
“It was a tough two-setter today. It was over two hours for two sets,” said Djokovic.
“I definitely had to work hard for most of the points and it was really anybody’s game in the first set.
Djokovic, who fired 12 aces in the match, served with an incredible accuracy in the second set and broke to go ahead 3-2, then closing in style.
“It was probably the windiest day since we arrived in Rome and it was quite tough to handle that. But the second set was much better, I got used to it and started swinging through the ball better.”
Djokovic, will play either Diego Schwartzman, who knocked out Rafael Nadal, or Denis Shapovalov.