Novak Djokovic Wins Record 36th Masters 1000 Trophy, 2020 Italian Open Championship

ATP Italian Open Championship Recap

Novak Djokovic would defeat Diego Schwartzman in a tight contest to win the 2020 Italian Open Men’s Singles Championship.

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ATP Italian Open Championship Results

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Diego Schwartzman (8)

In the 2020 Italian Open Men’s Singles Championship, Novak Djokovic, eyeing a record 36th career Masters 1000 title, would face Diego Schwartzman, eyeing his 1st career Masters 1000 title.

To start the match, after a couple of costly mistakes from a visibly frustrated Djokovic, Schwartzman would get a service break. Following this, Djokovic would manage to push Schwartzman’s serve to a deuce exchange.

As it began to rain on the court, a couple of precarious drop shots from Djokovic would grant Schwartzman a 2-0 lead. In the third game, a very error-prone Djokovic would drop yet another service game to Schwartzman, giving him a commanding 3-0 lead.

In the fourth game, Djokovic would begin to come to life, and a couple of unforced errors from Schwartzman would be enough for him to get one break back and bring the score to 1-3.

Novak would immediately consolidate the break on his serve by only allowing Schwartzman one point, a passing backhand in respond to a serve-and-volley, to narrow Schwartzman’s lead to 3-2.

In what would be a very important game for Diego Schwartzman, the two would exchange shots en route to a deuce exchange. In the deuce exchange, back-to-back forehand errors from Schwartzman would give Djokovic the break and would shift the momentum of the match immensely.

An impressive service game from Djokovic, sealed with a service winner, would give him his first lead of the set at 4-3. After losing four unanswered games, Schwartzman would respond by pulling off some impressive shots, including a forehand winner and an ace, to tie the set at four.

In the eighth game, following some intense rallies, Djokovic would pull-off a solid drop shot and a smooth volley to take the game and a 5-4 set lead.

In the tenth game of the set, down 30-40, Schwartzman would come up with a huge forehand winner to take the game to deuce and keep his set hopes alive. With nerves of steel, Schwartzman would hold his serve and tie the set at five.

In spite of a little resistance from Schwartzman, Djokovic would look solid in his next service game, taking a 6-5 set lead and putting the pressure back on Schwartzman.

Up 40-30 in the following game, an errant forehand from Schwartzman would give Djokovic the break and the 7-5 set victory, putting him one set closer to history.

To start the second set, Schwartzman would break Djokovic’s serve at love to shift the momentum again and take a 1-0 lead. But, Djokovic would immediately break back to tie the set at one.

In the third game of the set, Djokovic would cruise to a hold at 15 to take a 2-1 lead. Still, Schwartzman wasn’t going down without a fight, holding his own serve at 15 to tie the set.

In the fifth game of the set, down 15-40, Djokovic would comeback to get a huge service hold and take a 3-2 lead. In the next two games, each player would cruise to a service hold.

Novak would rock Schwartzman’s serve in the next game, breaking his serve at love to take a 5-3 lead and pull himself within one game of the trophy.

In the ninth game, Djokovic would hold his serve in the midst of some impressive rallies to take the set 6-3 and win the 2020 Italian Open Men’s Championship 7-5, 6-3 against Diego Schwartzman.

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