Novak Djokovic takes 1,000th victory as a professional and is the opponent of Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final in Rome

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Novak Djokovic qualified second on Saturday for the final of the ATP Masters 1,000 tournament in Rome (gravel / 5,415,410 euros). The Serbian number one in the world defeated Norwegian Casper Ruud (ATP 10) in his semifinal after one hour and 42 minutes of tennis in two sets (6-4 and 6-3).

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The 34-year-old Djokovic will meet the eleven-year-younger Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 5) in the final. Earlier in the day, he defeated German Alexander Zverev (ATP 3) in his semifinal battle in three sets (4-6, 6-3 and 6-3).

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It will be the tenth meeting between Djokovic and Tsitsipas. The Serb won six times, the Greek three times. On clay, Djokovic won all four mutual confrontations. The last meeting was the final of Roland Garros that Djokovic won last season.

Tsitsipas is aiming for a ninth ATP title on Sunday, the second this season, after the Masters 1,000 tournament in Monte Carlo. Djokovic can add an 87th ATP title to his palmares. He hasn’t won a tournament yet this year.

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