Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Rafa Captures 10th Title in Rome
In a highly anticipated finals matchup, Nadal took down Djokovic at the Italian Open with a score of 7-5, 1-6, 6-3. The win ties Rafa with Djokovic for the most ATP 1000 titles at 36.
2.) Świątek’s Double Bagel
Last year’s Rolland Garros champion, Iga Świątek had an impressive week at the Italian Open and capped her performance off with a stunning 6-0, 6-0 takedown of Karolína Plíšková. The win brings Iga’s ranking to #9 – the first time she’s entered the top 10.
3.) Roger’s Comeback in Geneva
Playing his second event of the season at the Geneva Open in Switzerland, Roger Federer couldn’t come up with the goods falling to Pablo Andújar in three sets. Roger plans to participate at the French Open but emphasizes his priorities around the grass-court swing, which kicks off in June.
4.) Serena Hits the Clay in Italy
After falling in the first round of the Italian Open, Serena sought out some additional match play at the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma, Italy. Although she secured a win in the round of 32, she couldn’t keep up the momentum with world #68 Kateřina Siniaková handing her a defeat. Serena’s clay-court appearances in Italy are her first since the Australian Open, and as of now, she plans to participate at the French Open.
5.) Coric Has Shoulder Surgery
Having dealt with shoulder pain for some time, Borna Coric and his team finally made the call to take things a step further with surgery on his right shoulder in New York this week. Currently ranked #30, Coric hasn’t competed since March 6 when he fell to Márton Fucsovics in the semi-finals at Rotterdam. At this point, it remains unclear when he’ll return to the tour.