Novak Djokovic is on fire. A winner of 22 consecutive matches, Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-4, 6-3 to win his fourth Italian Open (2008, 2011, 2014).
“It was a great week, and today was my best match,” Djokovic told the crowd in Italian, via Associated Press translation. “It’s always a pleasure to play against Roger, and obviously I’m very pleased by today.
“Along with 2011, this is the best year of my career. I don’t know how [to] continue at Roland Garros, but obviously I have a lot of confidence. I hope I can continue like this.”
The match was fairly short, as Djokovic got the best of Federer from the get-go.
“Novak was too strong today,” Federer told reporters. “I know I can play better. Novak was rock solid today.”
Sunday’s clay court win sets Djokovic up well with the French Open looming next weekend. Djokovic will likely enter the tournament as the favorite despite the fact the French is the only Grand Slam he has never won.
“I don’t think I need to go and do anything more special for Roland Garros,” Djokovic said. “I just need to keep going on [this] route.”
The French Open begins on May 24 and lasts through the first week of June.