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Djokovic reaches Rome final with 1 000th career win

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Novak Djokovic. (Photo by Atilano Garcia/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic. (Photo by Atilano Garcia/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

World number one Novak Djokovic took his place in the Italian Open final on Saturday claiming his 1 000th career win in straight sets over Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-3 in Rome.

Djokovic will face Monte Carlo Masters champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday's final, the Serb's fourth in as many years in the Italian capital.

Djokovic is chasing a sixth title in the Italian capital ahead of Roland Garros later this month and dealt with world number 10 Ruud on his way to a 12th final at the Foro Italico.

The 34-year-old has already secured a record-extending 370th week as world number one thanks to his straight sets victory over by Felix Auger-Aliassime on Friday.

Djokovic's clash with Tsitsipas will be a rematch of their final at last year's French Open, a five-set thriller eventually won by the Serb.

Greek world number five Tsitsipas is in the final after beating Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in an entertaining last four battle.

Collated results from the ATP/WTA Italian Open on Saturday (x denotes seeding, players representing Russia and Belarus are banned from competing under the name or flag of their countries until further notice):

Men

Semi-finals

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Casper Ruud (NOR x5) 6-4, 6-3

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x4) bt Alexander Zverev (GER x2) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

Women

Semi-finals

Iga Swiatek (POL x1) bt Aryna Sabalenka (x3) 6-2, 6-1

Ons Jabeur (TUN x9) bt Darya Kasatkina 6-4, 1-6, 7-5

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