facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Djokovic capures Rome championship

May 11, 2008 at 10:33 PM   |   Comments

ROME, May 11 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic needed three sets to beat unseeded Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's final at the Italian Masters tennis tournament in Rome.

After dropping the first set 4-6, the tournament's No. 3 seed captured the second and third sets by identical scores of 6-3, 6-3.

The victory was worth $558,000.

"I tried to stay focused all the time, because the role of the favorite in these kind of big matches is not easy to cope with," Djokovic said. "I didn't think that I'm going to play in the finals against a player who's unseeded, but obviously he deserved to be there. He showed his quality."

Wawrinka, from Switzerland, was trying to become the second unseeded champion in Rome in the Open Era. Spain's Felix Mantilla topped Roger Federer in the 2003 final.

Wawrinka's lone tournament title came at Umag, Croatia, in July 2006.

© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Niners QB Colin Kaepernick denies allegations he used racial slur Niners QB Colin Kaepernick denies allegations he used racial slur
2
Ray Lewis on Ray Rice: 'There's some things you can cover up, some things you can't' Ray Lewis on Ray Rice: 'There's some things you can cover up, some things you can't'
3
Mavs sign Doron Lamb
4
Royals gain ground in AL Central
5
2013-14 college football bowl results 2013-14 college football bowl results
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback