The Serb is in the last four in the Italian capital and meets the Norwegian Casper Ruud there.
Novak Djokovic slowly but surely seems to be back to his old self: In the quarter-finals of the clay court tournament in Rome, the world number one prevailed in two sets 7: 5, 7: 6 (7: 1) against Félix Auger-Aliassime (ATP 9). The Serb is thus in the round of the last four without losing a set.
1000th victory on Saturday?
While Djokovic had won the sentence in the first round with the second service breakthrough, he had to tremble a lot more in the second round. His 21-year-old opponent saved himself after being 2: 5 behind in the tie-break, where the experienced “Djoker” clearly had the upper hand and used his 2nd match point after more than two hours. It was his 999th win on the tour.
Casper Ruud (ATP 10) will contest his place in the final. The Norwegian prevailed against Denis Shapovalov (ATP 16) in a hard-fought match. After Ruud had fended off a set ball from the Canadian in both rounds, he finally ended the game after 2:20 hours with 7:6 (9:7), 7:5.
Tsitsipas fordert Zverev
Olympic champion Alexander Zverev (ATP 3) is also in the semifinals without losing a set. The 25-year-old German won 7: 5, 6: 2 against Chilean Cristian Garin (ATP 45). After the tight first set, however, Zverev pulled away and converted his first match ball after 1:51 hours. Zverev meets Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 5) on Saturday. The Greek prevailed in his quarterfinals against the Italian Jannik Sinner (ATP 13) 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 2.
In the head-to-head with Zverev, Tsitsipas is 7: 4 in front. It is already the 3rd meeting of the two rivals this clay court season. The Greek had prevailed in the semi-finals of Monte Carlo, in Madrid Zverev returned the favor with his first success on ashes over last year’s finalists from Roland Garros.