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Novak Djokovic reached the final of the Masters tournament in Rome on Saturday with his thousandth victory in his career. The twenty-time Grand Slam winner defeated Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-4 and 6-1. In the final battle, Djokovic will face Stéfanos Tsitsipás on Sunday.

Djokovic started his match against Ruud excellently and had two breaks ahead in no time. Ruud cleared one more, but was unable to prevent a set loss.

In the second company, the battle went on until 3-3, but Djokovic forced the decisive break in the seventh game. After that, the Serb did not relinquish the victory and decided the match after 1 hour and 43 minutes on his first match point.

The 34-year-old Djokovic is the fifth player in the Open Era to reach the mark of a thousand wins. He joins Jimmy Connors (1274), Roger Federer (1251), Ivan Lendl (1068) and Rafael Nadal (1051).

Djokovic has already won the tournament in Rome five times: in 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2020. Last year the number one in the world lost the final to Rafael Nadal. He also lost in the final battle in 2009, 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

In Rome, Djokovic can take his first title of this year. He has only reached the final in Belgrade this season, but lost to Andrey Rublev in front of his own audience.

Stéfanos Tsitsipás is in the final in Rome for the first time.


Stéfanos Tsitsipás is in the final in Rome for the first time.

Stéfanos Tsitsipás is in the final in Rome for the first time.

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Tsitsipás takes revenge on Zverev

Earlier in the evening, Tsitsipás settled in three sets with Alexander Zverev in the last four: 4-6, 6-3 and 6-3. After both players had won a set, the Greek was clearly the better in the deciding set. He decided the match after almost 2.5 hours with a love game on the German’s service.

Zverev looked a little tired. The global number three recorded no fewer than 41 unnecessary mistakes on the gravel in the Italian capital.

With his win, Tsitsipás took revenge for his defeat last week in Madrid. Then the number five in the world lost to Zverev in the semifinals in three sets. Last month, the two also faced each other in Monte Carlo: then the Greek won in two sets.

It is the first time that Tsitsipás reaches the final in Rome. He can take his third Masters title, having been the strongest in Monte Carlo for the past two editions.

Alexander Zverev looked a bit tired.


Alexander Zverev looked a bit tired.

Alexander Zverev looked a bit tired.

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Successor Alfred Schreuder fired, Mbappé personally around with Real Madrid

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The current football season is coming to an end and so the transfer summer is quickly approaching. Which players will change clubs next summer? All rumors and completed transfers can be found in our TransferTalk.

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Like father like son: 11-year-old Ronaldo junior well on his way to copy six pack | Football

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The Manchester United attacker posed on Instagram with his 11-year-old son Cristiano Jr. before diving into their cryosauna together, a chamber with extremely low temperatures to aid muscle recovery. Cristian Jr. has been doing sit-ups with his dad since he was four, and it’s paying off: his six-pack is on track to match his dad’s.

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The Portuguese spoke about the arrival of Erik ten Hag last week. The Dutch trainer will be at the helm of Manchester United from this week. Ronaldo hopes to be able to participate again under Ten Hag for the big prizes.

“What I know about him is that he has done a fantastic job at Ajax and that he is an experienced coach,” Ronaldo said on the club’s website. “We have to give him time and things have to change the way he wants. I hope we will have success, because when you have success, the whole city benefits.”

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Team Van der Poel does not want refugees to run any further | NOW

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134 km to go – Van der Poel’s Alpecin-Fenix ​​is ​​supported by Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. Not so strange, because the Belgian formation also has one of the favorites for the stage victory on board, the Eritrean Girmay.

139 km to go – An impasse between the escapees and the peloton. The difference has been hovering around six minutes for some time now.

Another 166 km – The escapees’ lead has already increased to almost six minutes and that is the signal for Alpecin-Fenix ​​to intervene. Mathieu van der Poel’s team is at the head of the pack.

170 km to go – The lead of the three men in the lead is getting bigger and bigger. They already have a margin of 4.5 minutes on the peloton, which has still not started.

Still 177 km – The pace in the peloton then stops, so that the lead of the three refugees increases quickly. Naesen, Bais and De Marchi drive with a margin of two minutes on the long, flat roads along the Adriatic coast.

185 km to go – Lawrence Naesen (AG2R Citroën), Mattia Bais (Drone Hopper) and Alessendro de Marchi (Israel – Premier Tech) are doing everything they can to stay away, but calm has not yet returned to the peloton. The Belgian and the Italians have a lead of barely twenty seconds.

191 km to go – Three riders were in it to make a hole: the Belgian Naesen gets the Italians De Marchi and Bais with him. The difference is still small.

Start! The stage has started and a number of riders immediately try to jump away from the peloton.

So first there is a long flat run-up. The first climb only appears after 100 kilometers of course.

The riders are on their bikes for the neutralized part of the stage. Does it rain immediately after the official go-ahead?

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