Run goes on as Djokovic takes out Federer

TENNIS: World No.1 Novak Djokovic will go into next week's French Open with a 37-match winning streak in top-level events, dating back to last November's World Tour Finals, after beating Roger Federer 6-4 6-3 in the final of the Rome Masters.

It was the 24th Masters title for the Serb (pictured), taking him past Federer (23) and within three of all-time leader Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic said he was hopeful he could repeat his dominant 2011 season when he opened the year with 41 consecutive wins, going on to claim three grand slams and seven other titles on his way to 70-6 record.

"The fact that I have managed to win so many matches in a row gives me a reason to believe I can do it again," he said. "I want to keep it going as long as I can."

Federer wasn't so confident, suggesting nine-time French Open champion Nadal would again be the man to beat at Roland Garros.

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