Playing his maiden ATP 1000 last, eighth seed Schwartzman raced out of the blocks to convert two break level alternatives for a 3-0 lead as Djokovic struggled to put a lid on his backhand errors.
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An on-and-off drizzle at Foro Italico added to Djokovic’s frustration however he nonetheless discovered a well past Schwartzman’s serve to draw degree at 3-3.
Djokovic’s relentless baseline hitting got here to the fore when he broke Schwartzman within the twelfth sport to take the opening set, regardless of committing 18 unforced errors.
Schwartzman, who outplayed defending champion Rafa Nadal within the quarter-finals, snatched one other early break within the second set however this time Djokovic was fast to reply.
The high seed stepped up the depth to break Schwartzman’s serve twice earlier than serving out the match comfortably to seal victory.
The outcome additionally comes as a aid for Djokovic, who was determined to return to courtroom this week following his U.S. Open disqualification for inadvertently placing a line decide with a ball.
Heading into subsequent week’s French Open, Djokovic has now received 31 of his 32 matches this season, and shall be one of the favourites in Paris alongside 12-instances winner Rafa Nadal and newly-topped U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem.