Speaking of his win over Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open semi-final, Novak Djokovic said: "It was also a physical match so, I mean, I took a bit more time between the points, especially in the important moments, you know, nerves kick in.
I know I bounce the ball a lot. And I didn't complain for most of those warnings that I got because I know I went over time, over the allowed time. So not much to say except maybe one situation where I thought maybe was unnecessary to get warning two points in a row and it was an important moment in the match.
Just this, everything else was fine." Djokovic won against Thiem in straight sets 7-6, 7-6. Thiem defeated Roger Federer, who was making his first appearance on clay since 2016, in the quarter-final after saving two match points in the second set tie break.
The Austrian won 3-6, 7-6, 6-4. Federer defeated Gael Monfils in the third round after saving two match points to advance to the last-eight. Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final to win his 33rd Masters 1000 title.
With the win, he equaled Rafael Nadal's record of 33 Masters 1000 titles. The Serbian also joined Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem and Cristian Garin as the fourth player to win multiple titles in 2019. The Serbian will look to extend his momentum at the Rome Open this week. He is the top seed in the men's draw.