'The second-set tiebreaker was vintage Novak Djokovic', says former ace



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'The second-set tiebreaker was vintage Novak Djokovic', says former ace

Novak Djokovic triumphed at the BNL Internationals of Italy for the sixth time in his extraordinary career. The number 1 in the world imposed himself at the Foro Italico in Rome without losing a single set and issued a clear warning to his rivals less than a week before the start of Roland Garros.

2022 had started badly for Nole, unable to defend the title at the Australian Open due to the well-known vaccination issue. The Serbian phenomenon had to watch helplessly as Rafael Nadal's success at Melbourne Park, as well as suffering serious damage to his image.

The strict US regulations had forced him to give up even the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells and Miami. It took some time for the 34-year-old from Belgrade to find the best condition, but now he is the big favorite for the victory in Paris.

Given Nadal’s physical problems and Carlos Alcaraz’s young age, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has all it takes to defend the title he won last year. On the Tennis Channel's microphones, Andy Roddick analyzed Novak's ride in the Eternal City.

Roddick opens up on Djokovic

"The second-set tiebreaker was vintage Novak Djokovic. He's able to lock down the errors, may be better than anyone I have seen in the history of the game. Playing safe, but still moving the ball around, getting the patterns he wants.

When the pressure mounts, being able to get your pattern is important. He does that as well as anyone." Roddick added: "Why I appreciate the Big 3, winning matches you are supposed to win all the time is difficult with that pressure, and he just went through it again.

Second serve was tight. Was barely getting above.70 miles an hour in the second-set tiebreaker, but he went into lockdown mode. It looks like he is pushing. He is not. He is finding the pattern he wants to get into and does it as well as anyone."

Talking to the media, Djokovic said, “To some extent it’s a relief because after everything that happened at the beginning of the year, was important for me to win a big title, especially with Grand Slams coming up where obviously want to play my best and be at the level of confidence think more than just the game, where want to be in order to have a chance to win the title”.

Recalling his campaign in Rome, the six-time champion continued, “I couldn’t ask for a better week really. Played a perfect set today. Didn’t drop a set the whole tournament”.