Novak beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0, 7-6 (5) to capture his sixth title at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and a record-extending 38th ATP Masters crown.
Novak earned his 1000th tour-level match win on Saturday, defeating fifth seed Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the Rome Masters final. The Serb is the fifth player to reach the milestone in the Open Era, joining Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
World no.1 Novak Djokovic found his best tennis to set up a Rome Masters semi-final with Casper Ruud. The top seed defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime in two tight sets, 7-5, 7-6 (1).
Nole earned his 998th career win on Thursday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, moving past Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals in Rome. He will play against Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN, 8) on Friday for a spot in the last four.
Five-time champion opened his 2022 Italian Open campaign with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Aslan Karatsev. He goes on to face Stan Wawrinka (SUI) on Thursday.
Carlos Alcaraz beat the world no.1 in an epic battle, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) to reach the final in Madrid. Next tournament for Novak will be the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (May 8-15).
Nole continued his quest for a fourth title in Madrid with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win over 12th seed Hubert Hurkacz. For a place in the Masters 1000 tournament final, Novak will face the Next Gen ATP World Tour Finals titlist Carlos Alcaraz (ESP, 7) on Saturday at 16:00 CET.
Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Mutua Madrid Open ahead of his third round match against world no.1 Novak Djokovic on Thursday. "Unfortunately, Andy Murray is unable to take to the Manolo Santana Stadium due to illness," read a statement on the Madrid Open social media account.
After reaching the final at the 2022 Serbia Open in Belgrade last week, Nole continues his clay court season at the Mutua Madrid Open, an ATP Masters 1000 event, taking place from May 1 to May 8. As a top seed, the three-time former champion will open his campaign at La Caja Mágica in the second round against Gael Monfils (FRA, ATP #21).