Sat, May 14, 2022 2:00 PM
By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer
ROME (AP) — This is just what Novak Djokovic needed a week before the French Open. The top-ranked Serb beat Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-3 at the Italian Open to reach his biggest final of the year. Djokovic will attempt to extend his five-match winning streak over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final. Tsitsipas reached his first Rome final by rallying past Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Top-ranked Iga Swiatek routed Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-1 for her 27th straight win and will face another player on a hot streak in the women's final. Ons Jabeur beat Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 for her 11th consecutive victory.