Djokovic Wins Fourth Rome Crown; Fourth Masters 1000 Title Of 2015

Novak Djokovic took down Roger Federer in another decisive title run. 

Novak Djokovic continued his rich vein of form Sunday when he lifted the Internazionali BNL d'Italia trophy for a fourth time.

The World No. 1 clinched his fifth title of the season with victory over No. 2-ranked Roger Federer 6-4, 6-3 in the Rome final. Djokovic is now 19-20 lifetime in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

Djokovic moved clear of Federer with his 24th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown, just three shy of all-time titles leader Rafael Nadal on 27.

"I was able to find my way through," said Djokovic. "Roger put a lot of pressure on my service game at 4-4, but I managed to respond well, to gain those break points, move him around the court, and then I played a couple of great points that gave me the set. When you’re a set up, the momentum is shifting to your side and you start to feel better."

He has won four of the five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in 2015 and is riding a 22-match winning streak, with his last loss coming to Federer on 28 February in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships final. This year, the Serbian is also 14-1 against Top 10 opponents in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

BIG SEVEN TITLE FEAT? Djokovic is on a 37-match winning streak at the highest-level tournaments: Grand Slams, ATP Masters 1000s and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The run dates back to his title in Paris-Bercy last November:

Tournament
Final Opponent
Win-Loss Record
2015 ATP Masters 1000 Rome
Roger Federer
37-0
2015 ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo
Tomas Berdych
32-0
2015 ATP Masters 1000 Miami
Andy Murray
27-0
2015 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells
Roger Federer
21-0
2015 Australian Open
Andy Murray
16-0
2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
Roger Federer
9-0
2014 ATP Masters 1000 Paris
Milos Raonic
5-0

Djokovic, who will celebrate his 28th birthday on 22 May, earned $628,100 in prize money and 1000 Emirates ATP Rankings points. He is now 35-2 on the season, which includes titles at the Australian Open (d. Murray), the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (d. Federer), the Miami Open presented by Itau in Miami (d. Murray) and the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (d. Berdych).

Federer, who was competing in Rome for the 15th time, also finished runner-up in 2003 (l. to Felix Mantilla), 2006 and 2013 (l. to Nadal both times).

"I know I can play better," said Federer. "Novak was rock solid today, he played great throughout. He made very few unforced errors. I'm happy, feeling good and healthy."

The Swiss walks away with $308,000 and 600 Emirates ATP Rankings points. He is now 85-44 in tour-level finals, including 23-18 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title matches.

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