World No. 1 Novak Djokovic revealed on the same day he won Rome that his seven-year-old son Stefan won his first tournament. On Sunday, Djokovic dispatched Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Rome final 6-0, 7-6(0). In his country, Serbia, Stefan won a tournament at a small tennis club.
"My son won the tournament. It's a sun double today," Djokovic told reporters, according to AFP. "We had a chat the last few days about routines and things that he should do before a match and bringing him into this world...
The first tournament or official match is always fondly remembered. We just spoke and he was in the clouds with the whole family. He was very nice. He is doing very well so far, he is in love with this sport. Last night he was up late and he was showing me forehands and backhands and how he was going to move, playing shadow tennis.
I used to do that when I was a kid" After missing the Australian Open and the Indian Wells and Miami Masters, Djokovic finally lifted his first title in the fifth month of the season. The beginning of the season was extremely difficult for Djokovic, but he is delighted that the brightest days have come for him.
"To some extent it's a relief, because after everything that happened at the beginning of the year, it was important for me to win a big title, especially with the Grand Slams coming up, where obviously I want to play my best and be at the level of confidence that I think more than the game, where I want to be to have a chance to win the title," Djokovic said.
Wilander comments on Nole Djokovic
Novak Djokovic hit his stride right before the French Open, winning his first title of the year at the Italian Open. "For many reasons I have to say Novak (Djokovic). First because he has just won Rome and that will give him confidence; then because I think he has within him a feeling of revenge after everything that has happened to him in recent months...
Not being able to play the Australian Open. He is the defender of the crown," he said. "He has proven to himself that he can return to playing long matches despite the defeat to Alcaraz in Madrid. In Monte Carlo he gave a bad impression at the end of his match with Davidovich, he looked tired. Now he's better and he appears to be. He is the favorite in Paris," the Swede said.