Novak Djokovic Surpasses Rafael Nadal in an Incredible Record at Italian Open 2020

Published 09/21/2020, 7:47 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 19, 2020 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill


Serbian star Novak Djokovic has reached another final at the Italian Open! It took some work since Casper Ruud challenged him in the semi-finals. However, Djokovic played some solid tennis and won 7-5, 6-3. It was a great victory which got him another record – the most Masters 1000 finals.

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The Serb has now reached an astonishing 52 finals and has left his rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at 51 and 50, respectively. This is an incredible achievement and one that Djokovic is surely proud of.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his semi-final match against Norway’s Casper Ruud Pool via REUTERS/Riccardo Antimiani

Novak Djokovic chasing more records

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Even though Djokovic already holds several records, he still has the thirst to achieve more. He now has the chance to reach another milestone should he win the Italian Open Final and get the coveted label of the most Masters 1000 titles won.

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After winning the 2020 Cincinnati Open, the Serb equaled Rafa’s record of 35 Masters titles. He now has the opportunity to go past him, but this won’t be easy.

In the finals, Djokovic will face Diego Schwartzman, who has been playing some incredible tennis. Diego even managed to beat Rafa on the Roman clay, which is one of the hardest things to do in the tennis world. The fact that he did this in straight sets makes his achievement even more amazing.

Novak clearly has his work cut out for him, and he knows that. He’ll be sure to take on Schwartzman’s challenge head-on in a bid to lift the fifth Italian Open trophy of his career.

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