Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep Win 2020 Italian Open

Novak Djokovic. Photo by Gustavo Caballero/South Beach Photo/REX/Shutterstock (9474924x)

Novak Djokovic didn’t let the ugly default from US Open earlier this month affect his game. Instead, Djokovic bounced back with a confident performance on the 2020 Italian Open, where he won his record 36th ATP Tour Masters 1000 title on Monday.

Djokovic delivered a dominant outing at the tournament, dropping just one set on his way to Finals. There, the 33-year-old Serbian faced No. 15 ranked Diego Schwartzman and proceeded to secure an easy 7-5, 6-3 win.

“I never had an issue in my life to move on from something,” said Djokovic after the tournament, referring to his ejection from US Open. “Regardless how difficult it is I try to take the next day and hope for the best and move on.”

“Having a tournament a week after that happened helped a lot … just because I really wanted to get on the court and just get whatever traces of that – if there’s any – out, and I think I had a really good week,” he added.

In Women’s singles, Simona Halep secured her first Italian Open title. Halep faced Karolina Pliskova in the finals and won the first set 6-0 before her opponent decided to retire from the match due to thigh injury.

”In 2013, here I started to (reach) the top of world tennis,” said Halep. ”Since then I started to play really well and finally, after two finals, I could win this title.”