Djokovic and Halep Win Rome Titles
(September 21, 2020) Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep took home the singles trophies at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome on Monday.
No. 1 Djokovic, 33, recovered from two breaks down in the opening set to beat Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3. The Serbian with the title has now won more Masters Serries 1000 events than anyone with a total of 36, moving one ahead of Rafael Nadal.
“It was a great week. A very challenging week,” Djokovic said after the match. “I don’t think I played my best tennis throughout the entire week, but I think I found my best tennis when I needed it the most in the decisive moments today, yesterday [and in] practically every match.”
Djokovic has now won three consecutive Masters 1000 tournaments going back to last year’s Paris Masters.
Halep won the final when her opponent Karolina Pliskova retired from the match with a left injury down 6-0, 2-1.
For the Romanian it’s her third singles title of 2020, the 22nd title of her career and her first in the “Eternal city.” She now has won nine titles on clay. She now has won 14 straight matches, her longest streak since 2015.