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.
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.
Top seed and 2018 champion advanced to the final with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 comeback victory against Roberto Bautista Agut. Should he take the title, Djokovic will equal Rafael Nadal's record of 35 ATP Masters 1000 trophies and he will also become the first player ever to win the Golden Masters twice.
The world no.1 has made it through to the last four of the Western & Southern Open for the eighth time, sailing past big-hitting German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour. He goes on to face Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the Masters 1000 event final.
Djokovic improved to a perfect 20-0 record in 2020, following a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Tennys Sandgren, for a place in the quarter-finals. He next faces German Jan-Lennard Struff (ATP #34).
World no.1 made a winning start to his Western & Southern Open title campaign on Monday when he overcame a spirited performance from qualifier Ricardas Berankis 7-6, 6-4 for a place in the third round. Novak next plays ATP #55, American Tennys Sandgren (H2H 2-0).
The Serbian won his 34th ATP Masters 1000 title and 77th career trophy on Sunday, beating Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4 at the Rolex Paris Masters.