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Novak Djokovic vows not to underestimate Argentine but says final ‘will be strange without Rafael Nadal’

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Novak Djokovic has promised not to underestimate Diego Schwartzman in the Rome Masters final, but says it will be ‘strange’ not facing Rafael Nadal.

Schwartzman produced a stunning performance to beat Nadal in the quarter-finals and backed that up with a win over Denis Shapovalov to reach a Masters-level final for the first time.

Novak Djokovic will still be the favourite, which he says will be an odd feeling for him in a final on clay as Nadal is usually across the net.

“Of course, you know, with Nadal in the finals and without Nadal in the finals makes a big difference,” said Djokovic.

“Most of the finals that I reached in the big events on clay I played against Rafa.

“So it’s going to be strange not facing him, but at the same time, I mean, Diego deservedly reached the final.

“I won’t underestimate anybody that steps on the court against me tomorrow.”

Djokovic heads into the final with a perfect record against Schwartzman having beaten him in all four occasions the two have met.


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