ROME (AFP) - Novak Djokovic staged a comeback over fast rising Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka to lift his third major title of the season with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, victory on Sunday at the Rome Masters. The Serb world number three's win in two hours, four minutes also put more pressure on Rafael Nadal, world number two and winner of three previous editions at the Foro Italico. Djokovic, moves within 310 points of the Spaniard, who lost in the second round and drops championship points from 2007. The pair could meet next week in a decisive semi-final at Hamburg. Djokovic managed to spend precious extra seconds in a lingering trophy presentation embrace with Argentina's former tennis pin-up Gabriela Sabatini, a multiple former Rome champion. Wawrinka, who struck 33 unforced errors, still ended the most remarkable week of his tennis career with a breakout performance and will stand tenth in the world in Monday's ATP rankings.The Swiss second fiddle to tennis maestro Roger Federer looked like dealing Djokovic a disheartening defeat on the clay of the Foro Italico at an event where both men got through a day before due to withdrawal of opponents. "I felt pressure in the set but I started the second well. I'm content with all the matches I've played here. I hope to continue like this." Djokovic gathered up his game to break once on the second set on his way to restoring order, then began the third with another break after a 20-shot exchange before concluding with one more after the Swiss saved a match point. Wawrinka, who began the tournament at 24th in the world, is guaranteeing a seed at Roland Garros starting in less than a fortnight. "This is one of the best events that I've won," said Djokovic, who also claimed the Australian Open and Indian Wells Masters this season. "I hope to be number one, but I don't want to think of it yet. "I know people are thinking of me among the best players, maybe in one or two years I can be there." Wawrinka had been aiming to pick up where compatriot Federer left off this week after losing a quarter-final to Radek Stepanek. Like his semi-final in just retirement against Federer last month in Monte Carlo, Djokovic had quit in his last match with Wawrinka, 6-6 in the final of Umag, 2006, as the Swiss lifted the lone trphy so far of his career. The win leaves Wawrinka trailing 2-4 in his career series with the young Serb. "This is my first Masters Series final, and I've reached the Top 10 for the first time," said Wawrinka. "This is something special for me. "It's been a very good week." Djokovic said that after losing the first set, "I wanted to stay concentrated and positive. It was important to play well in the important moments. "I'm very happy and satisfied. This is a great day." After receiving the glass Masters shield from Sabatini, Djokovic then engaged in impromptu banter with former great Ilie Nastase, sitting in a box seat near the court. "This has been an unforgettable week for me," said the Serb. "I'll be keen to see how it all goes over the next year."