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Very hard fought win for Djokovic, by far his most difficult one in 2020.

Krajinovic reads his game so well, on the other side both made a couple too many UEs:

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Before the match started, I thought this would be Novak’s toughest test for the title, and he passed it with flying colors. The first set was tough but only because Novak couldn’t break (1/11 on BPs). Novak also corrected that misleading H2H.

I see nothing standing in the way of a 5th Rome title for Novak. Musetti/Koepfer next.. then Ruud/Berrettini.. then Nadal, who Novak already beat three times in Rome and has the game and the present form to dismantle him.
 

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And actually, Novak blew a few set points as well, but finally took it in the TB. So, he made it way more difficult than it needed to be, but still won in straights.
 

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Novak was quite obsessed with dropshots, many of them worked, some easy ones were handled well by Filip.
His volleying stats are quite impressive, but could cut down on the DFs.

Came back in TB from 1-4 to 5-5.
 
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Wut? And AO final vs Thiem, Dubai SF vs Monfils and Cincy SF vs RBA didn't happen?
Those are straight out chokes at least he won this one on his own.
 

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Wut? And AO final vs Thiem, Dubai SF vs Monfils and Cincy SF vs RBA didn't happen?
Maybe the RBA match was really tough, because he was physically hampered in 1st set.
 

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I think the final will be 5 PM local time.. so, the sun won't be an issue. Also, it will be much cooler on Monday, anyway (79 degrees).
 

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What a waste from fico he should have taken the first set...but then it was all done of course
 

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Krajinovic played well in the first set which lasted 90 mins

Had *4-1 in the TB but could not win. Djokovic played decently, too many droppers though. Opponent who knows his patterns and shot selection plus 0 fear gave us a nice little battle here. Kraj's legs could not keep the pace late

We will see what happens vs Musetti/Koepfer
 

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High quality match till middle of the second set.

Novak showed he is extremely resilient both physically and psychologically vs most of the tour.

Hard fought win and excellent prep match before eventual match with Rafa here in Rome and before the challenges waiting at RG
 
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Very hard fought win for Djokovic, by far his most difficult one in 2020.
Thiem led Djokovic 2-sets-to-1 and Djokovic came back to win 6-4 in 5th Set at AO 2020.
Monfils had multiple Match Points in the 2nd Set vs. Djokovic at Dubai 2020.
RBA pushed Djokovic to a 3rd Set tie-breaker at Cincy 2020.
Raonic breadsticked Djokovic in the 1st Set and Djokovic came back to win decider 6-4 at Cincy 2020.
 

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That first set lasted an eternity and once King got it in the bag it was smooth sailing in the second. Don't see anyone stopping him here in this form. 28-0.
 

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Point is that this wasn’t his toughest match of 2020. Has to be AO final for sure.
This one felt tougher. Of course he might have been scared being down at AO final 1-2 in sets, but came back afterwards.
This one was like a constant tussle till middle of 2nd set, never knowing who will get the upper hand...
 

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Too much for Krajinovic from the World No1, gave it a good shot tho
 

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A very hard fought first set and a routine second. Novak should reach the final, he doesn't look particularly close to his best on clay but it should be enough to have good runs here and in RG, so far encouraging signs from joker and I hope he can smooth his clay court game in the next few matches so he will stand a chance against nadal in the final.

FK keeps showing that he is playing well, maybe he can have a shot a top 10 even. If he develops a winning mentality I see him winning a few titles and causing a few upsets.
 
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