Rome, September 22
Italian Open champion Novak Djokovic stated getting again on court docket for a match so shortly after being disqualified on the US Open for hanging a line choose with a ball helped him transfer on from the incident. The world No. 1 got here in for heavy criticism at Flushing Meadows earlier this month and the Serb stated he spent a number of days processing what had occurred. He returned to match play in Rome and captured his 36th ATP Masters crown by beating Diego Schwartzman 7-5 6-3.
“I did experience mentally some ups and downs in the first four-five days after that happened,” Djokovic stated. “Obviously I was in shock… But I moved on. I’ve never had an issue in my life to move on regardless of how difficult it is. Obviously, having a tournament a week after helped a lot because I really wanted to get on the court and get whatever trace of that out of the way.”
Djokovic, who has gained 31 of his 32 matches this yr, stated he must increase his sport additional to problem for the title on the French Open, which begins on Sunday.
“I don’t think I played my best tennis to be honest, I don’t want to sound arrogant here. I know I still have a couple of gears,” he added. “Hopefully I’ll be able to raise that level for the French Open because that’s going to be necessary.”
Defending French Open champion Rafa Nadal was shocked by Schwartzman within the Rome quarterfinals, however Djokovic anticipated the Spaniard to be firing on all cylinders in Paris. “He has the highest chance of being in the final… If it’s Roland Garros, it’s Rafa you bet on,” he stated. — Reuters
Djoker will get 10 euros greater than Halep, followers fume
Organisers of the Italian Open and the tennis occasions got here underneath hearth on social media after it emerged that Rome males’s champion Novak Djokovic was paid 10 euros greater than girls’s winner Simona Halep. Djokovic acquired 205,200 euros for his triumph whereas Halep gained 10 euros much less for sealing the WTA Premier 5 title. But even because the Grand Slams have pushed for parity in prize cash, some followers on-line vented their ire that whereas Halep’s prize got here near that of Djokovic, it frustratingly fell quick. Last yr, Rafa Nadal took house 958,055 euros as the boys’s winner in Rome, nearly double the prize cash given to girls’s winner Pliskova.