.As Sharapova Lifts Ladies’ Trophy –
World number one Novak Djokovic continued his domination of men’s tennis with a 6-4 6-3 win over Roger Federer to win the Italian Open final.
The pair went toe-to-toe in the opening set but Serbia’s Djokovic broke in the 10th game to seal it.
Full of confidence, he broke Federer early in the second set and the Swiss player never recovered from that.
Djokovic soon set up two match points and sealed his fourth Rome title when a Federer forehand went wide.
It makes it 22 consecutive wins for the Serb and he will go into the French Open, which starts next Monday, in confident mood.
Meanwhile, Russian third seed Maria Sharapova came from a set down to beat Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6 7-5 6-1 and win her third Italian Open title.
Suarez Navarro, the world number 10, battled hard in the first two sets but ran out of energy in the decider.
Her best chance came at 5-5 in the second set but Sharapova finished the set with eight straight points.
The Russian capitalised on her opponent’s weakness in the third set as she swept to a 35th career crown.