ROME: Novak Djokovic won his first victory of the year at the Italian Open in Rome after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas, boosting his preparations for next week's French Open.
Djokovic won the clay-court championship with a 6-0 7-6 (7-5) victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The 34-year-old sailed through the opening set before fighting back after the Greek seized a 4-1 lead in the second.
By convincingly defeating Tsitsipas in the final on Sunday, he claimed his sixth victory in Rome - and a record-extending 38th triumph in a Masters event - while going through the tournament without dropping a set.
His clay-court debut was shaky, with a first-round defeat in Monte Carlo, but he has picked up the pace with a semi-final in Madrid and now the Rome victory in the penultimate major before Roland Garros.
Djokovic will be one among the favourites to win his 21st Grand Slam at the French Open, which begins next Sunday in Paris.