World no. 1 Novak Djokovic recently won his sixth Italian Open title after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0, 7-6 (7-5). The Serbian extended his record of ATP 1000 titles with the 38th one. However, that was not the only cause for celebration in the Djokovic household on the day. Novak’s seven-year-old son, Stefan, was also victorious in a tennis competition back home on the very same day. A very proud father beamed with joy hence and told reporters that there had indeed been a ‘sunshine double’ at his own household. “The journey started successfully. My son won the tournament today. I just received that news. A sunshine double today. It’s a very small club tournament,” the Serbian said.
“Obviously it doesn’t really matter. The result is secondary. It was nice to see him playing. He’s only seven. I mean, he’s still a child, so young. He shouldn’t feel any of the pressure or expectations yet, even though he’s going to because it’s part of I guess his family. He’s going to attract a lot of attention if he’s playing tennis, particularly in our country,” he added.
Ahead of the Italian Open, Djokovic had not really been in the best of forms but has turned it around like the champion of a player that he is. Only a month ago, the Serb was ousted from the Monte Carlo Masters after a first round defeat against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. En route winning the crown in Rome, Djoker Nole did not drop a single set. “I couldn’t ask for a better week really,” Djokovic said.
“[I] played a perfect set today. Didn’t drop a set the whole tournament. I trusted the process really when I started training on clay. I usually peak here in Rome. I’ve had six titles but also had a lot of finals and semi-finals. Always a really good week of tennis with a lot of matches, and competitiveness on the court. Anything that I was really looking for here in Rome I got,” he added.
There really could not hve been a better result in Rome for Djokovic ahead of the French Open. The world no. 1 said that he physically felt good since the Madrid Open and that his victory in Rome provided him with everything he needed before the Grand Slam. “I think physically I really felt really good from Madrid onwards,” Djokovic said. “Already there I felt like the physical issues that I was facing in Monte Carlo and Serbia were behind me. I put in a lot of fitness hours between Serbia and Madrid.”
“I could not ask for a better lead-up to Roland Garros really. Serbian Open finals, really working my way through the tournament physically. Then Madrid, better performances, but still maybe not as sharp in those decisive moments. And here everything kind of came together and clicked. I’m going to Paris with confidence and good feelings about my chances there,” he concluded.