Novak Djokovic produced a dominant display to bear Roger Federer in the final of the Italian Open in Rome.
The world number one sealed his 22nd consecutive win with a 6-4 6-3 win over the Swiss ahead of the French Open, which gets underway on 25 May.
The two heavyweights of men's tennis exchanged blows in the opening set before Djokovic broke in the 10th game.
The 27-year-old broke his opponent again in the second set and confidently saw out victory to win his fourth title in the Italian capital.
Already this year he has won the Australian Open, Indian Wells, the Miami Open and the Monte Carlo Masters.
Given his sublime start to the year, Djokovic believes he is now operating on the same level he was in 2011, where he claimed the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles in addition runner up spot in the French Open.
"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 – something present in my conscience," he told the official website of the Italian Open.
"I want to keep going as long as I can, I don't want to think over fear or everything else can be an obstacle and interrupt this streak. I always try to do my best no matter what is the tournament, this kind of mindset has helped me to be where I am.
"Can I can repeat what I've done in 2011? I don't know, there are things out of your control, that you can influence is the present and how you can get in the position to do well in the future. Hopefully this mindset is going to take me far in the Roland Garros that has been a priority for me so far."