Djokovic enjoys thousandth victory: ‘I wanted to be like Federer and Nadal’ Now

Novak Djokovic was thanked as the fifth player to celebrate his thousandth victory on the ATP tour on Saturday evening. Serbia reached the special milestone by overcoming the Norwegian Caspar Route in the semi-finals of the Masters in Rome.

“It’s been a long time since I played my first game, it’s been a long time since I won my first game. I can continue like this, and I hope many more wins will follow,” said Djokovic, 34. (6-4 and 6-3).

In the Open era, only Jimmy Connors, Evan Lendl, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were able to reach the 1,000-victory milestone. Federer broke through the fort in January 2015, and Nadal followed the Swiss lead in November 2020.

“When I saw Roger and Rafael reach that milestone in recent years, I was eager to achieve those thousand wins myself. I feel so proud and privileged to have won so many,” said Djokovic, who is less likely to have a Grand Slam like Federer. Degree than Natal (21 at 20).

Novak Djokovic has won a thousand matches with a win over Caspar Root.

Novak Djokovic has won a thousand matches with a win over Caspar Root.

Novak Djokovic has won a thousand matches with a win over Caspar Root.

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‘Chitsibas became one of the best clay players’

In Rome, Djokovic shows his return to the top after a difficult start to the season. The Joker, who missed the Australian Open and major US hard court matches due to not being vaccinated against Covit-19, is playing only his fifth match of the year in the Italian capital.

In the final, Djokovic is waiting to fight Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Serbian and Greek last met in the Roland Cross final a year ago. Djokovic was two sets behind, but pulled too long over the gravel of Paris.

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“We’ll meet again at one of the biggest tournaments in the world. Stefanos has clearly designed. He has become one of the best clay players in recent years by winning tournaments and major clay tournaments in Monte Carlo.

Djokovic has advanced to the final in Rome for the fourth year in a row. The world number one won the tournament in 2020 and lost the final to Natalie in 2019 and 2021. There are a total of five titles in Rome in his name.

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