Djokovic survives semi scare to set up Nadal final

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during a training session during day three of the International BNL d'Italia at Foro Italico

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic outlasted Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in an entertaining slugfest that lasted more than three hours and finished after 1 a.m. local time at the Foro Italico.

Konta, ranked 42, fought back from a set down to seal victory on her fourth match point against Madrid Open victor Kiki Bertens 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 after nearly three hours to set-up a Sunday final clash with Pliskova.

Djokovic had a challenge in his semifinal match before defeating Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 to reach his ninth final in Rome.

"Right now I'm.in between sad and disappointed because I really wanted to play my match today".

Osaka had been due to take on Madrid Open champion Kiki Bertens in the quarterfinals in Rome, but a "pain" to her right hand forced her withdrawal.

"After a lot of years here, I know what happened last week, and I'm going to try to do it better tomorrow", said 17-time Grand Slam victor Nadal.

"I woke up this morning and I couldn't really move my thumb", the 21-year-old said.

Nadal reached his first clay-court final of the season with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.

"He came out with the right game plan", Djokovic said of Schwartzman.

When Nadal is fresh and playing well, I don't bet against him on this surface.


Despite this, the market has seen fit to ease Nadal from that [1.14] last week to [1.29] today, and I'm in disagreement with its stance.

"After I lost the first set, I mean, I didn't do much wrong", Konta said.

Britain's Johanna Konta celebrates winning her semi-final match against Netherlands' Kiki Bertens at the Italian Open in Rome, Italy on May 18, 2019.

It was the first meeting on clay between Federer and Coric, with the Swiss leading 3-2 on previous encounters, having won the most recent 6-2 6-2 in Dubai this year.

The eight-time Rome champion thrashed Jeremy Chardy 6-0 6-1 before quickly dispatching Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1 6-0 to set up his clash against Verdasco.

The 32-year-old had been stunned by Tsitsipas, seeded eighth and 12 years his junior, in the semi-finals at the Madrid Open last weekend.

The quarterfinals in the other half of the draw feature former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka against Karolina Pliskova, and Kristina Mladenovic against Maria Sakkari in a matchup of two qualifiers.

"If that's run its course, I don't think he should be suspended". "I'm just very happy to have come through".

"I'm going to take it like how I went to Australia", added Osaka, who also retired with a leg injury against Bertens in the WTA Finals last October before going on to win in Melbourne.

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