Novak Djokovic, the 20-time Grand Slam champion, started 2022 on a disappointing note owing to his disagreement with the rules around the pandemic made him the Australian Open. This made room for Daniil Medvedev to snatch the ranking out of his hands. However, being the legend he is, Novak reclaimed the position when Medvedev stumbled slightly.
At present, the current world no.1 is testing his luck on the clay courts of the Italian Open. On Saturday, Djokovic earned a ticket to the finals of the tournament with the help of several splendid shots and one of them was a magnificent backhand stretch winner.
Novak Djokovic Executes a Flawless Backhand Shot
Novak outclassed the Norwegian Casper Ruud in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, in the semifinals of the Masters 1000 event in Rome. Djokovic dished out an array of beautiful shots during the match, including a double handed backhand which undoubtedly is one of the best shot of this season. As he managed to reach the ball and hit it with utter accuracy while slipping in the red dirt. Here’s a clip of the same.
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Djokovic will lock horns with the current world no.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Rome final. Stefanos will look forward to avenging his defeat at the French Open last year. However, Novak’s focus will be on winning his first title of the 2022 season.
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In addition to seat to the finale, Djokovic achieved a new milestone. He scored the 1,000th match win of his illustrious career. The Serb spoke about writing his name even deeper into the history books.
“Hello tennis world. Just wanted to share my feelings after a big milestone. Many years past since I played my first match. And since I won the first match on the ATP tour so today is a special day. And obviously privileged to achieve this milestone.”
“But I also owe to my family my team, all the people that were close to me in my career, that allowed me to live a dream, allowed me to compete and get to this stage. It’s hard to celebrate too much because obviously because of the job is not done, I am playing finals tomorrow,” Djokovic added.
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Djokovic is the fifth man to achieve 1000 victories and will share the record with the other two mega players of this generation – Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.