Novak beat Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 to win a fifth Italian Open title and a record 36th Masters 1000 crown on Monday. The world no.1 showed his best form ahead of Roland Garros and lifted his fourth title of the season, adding to the Australian Open, ATP Dubai and Cincinnati Masters crowns. He also won the inaugural ATP Cup with team Serbia.
Novak advanced to his 10th Internazionali BNL d'Italia final on Sunday, following a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Casper Ruud. The top seed plays no.8 seed Diego Schwartzman (ARG) on Monday, looking to capture a record-breaking 36th ATP Masters 1000 title.
Nole continued his bid for a record 36th ATP Masters 1000 title. The world no.1 advanced to his 11th semi-final at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, following a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win against German qualifier Dominik Koepfer. He next faces Casper Ruud (NOR, ATP #34).
The top seed and four-time titlist beat his compatriot and Davis Cup teammate Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7), 6-3 in two hours and seven minutes at Centrale to reach the Internazionali BNL d’Italia quarter-finals.
No.1 seed and four-time former champion has a first round BYE. He will open his campaign in R2 against Salvatore Caruso (ITA, ATP #87, WC) on Wednesday.