"This is probably the coldest, wettest tournament I've ever played here in Rome," the 22-time Grand Slam winner said. "I don't recall so many days in a row (of) raining. In these conditions, it's very difficult to get the ball past him..."
Djokovic, who will lose his world number one ranking at the end of the Masters 1000 tournament to Alcaraz, overcame a sluggish start and a late comeback attempt by familiar opponent Dimitrov to get over the line
The 35-year-old climbed to his player's box afterwards to embrace his mother and broke down in uncontrollable tears, collapsing to the ground sobbing.
Novak Djokovic's hamstring just about held up as the hot favourite reached the Australian Open last 16 on Saturday, as Andy Murray's heroic run ended in typically defiant style.
"It just feels great to be back in Australia, back in Melbourne,” Djokovic said. "This is the court and the stadium where I created the best memories of my professional tennis career."
Tunisian star Jabeur became the first Arab to reach a Grand Slam final last year when she progressed to the finals at Wimbledon, before following it up two months later by reaching the US Open final at Flushing Meadows.
The Serbian fourth seed overcame an early wobble to romp past unseeded American Tommy Paul 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena in style.
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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer headline ‘Manic Monday’ at Wimbledon with the two Grand Slam heavyweights looking to edge closer to a dream title showdown. World number one Djokovic, chasing a sixth Wimbledon title and