World No. 1 Novak Djokovic failed to beat Rafael Nadal in the Rome Masters final but still he was happy to play the Spanuard at the Foro Italico.
Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, fell short in three sets to Nadal as the Spaniard won 7-5 1-6 6-3 to lift his 10th Rome title.
Stefanos Tsitsipas was serving for the match against Djokovic in the Rome quarterfinal but the Serb managed to win the match.
“I was happy to play him because of fine tuning for RG. There isn’t bigger challenge than playing him in final. I could’ve been out in quarterfinal,” Djokovic said after losing to Nadal, as revealed by Sasa Ozmo.
“Today I was a bit unfortunate not to use some opportunities, bur 3 hours of high quality tennis.”
Djokovic in positive spirits ahead of the French Open
“Going into Paris I have good sensations now, I feel like I am playing the way I want to on clay. I will play in Belgrade as well, hopefully I will be ready to rock n roll in Paris and to go all the way,” Djokovic added.
After failing to convert a break point in the fifth game of the third set, Djokovic lost his service in the following game.
“Nadal was the better player in the decisive moments, but I have a lot of positives to take away from today,” Djokovic admitted.
“I am going to rest as much as I can next week, then start to train a couple of days before Serbia open. There will be crowd probably. I am looking forward to it.
“Last few days were a confidence booster for clay, I’ve found the game. Now I have to keep it and peak in Paris.
Djokovic spent around five hours on the court on Saturday.
“I didn’t feel any fatigue. I could have gone for another few hours,” Djokovic claimed.