A new and long-awaited ending is coming. Rafael Nadal, who beat American Reilly Opelka 6-4 and 6-4 (47th), will define the title of the Masters 1000 in Rome against Novak Djokovic, who fought against Lorenzo Sonego (33rd) and took the victory by 6-3, 6-7 (5) and 6-2.
In the first turn, the Spaniard, who can match Djokovic’s 36 Masters 1000 titles, He resisted the powerful serves of Opelka, a player of two meters and eleven centimeters, and defeated him in one hour and 32 minutes to advance in the Roman tournament, where he won his first title in 2005 and where he will seek his tenth crown.
The one from Manacor was very successful with his serve, with which he barely conceded 13 points throughout the game, and asserted a break per set to qualify for his twelfth final at the Foro Italico.
In the first semifinal duel, the Spaniard reached his 500th match on brick dust, of which he won 458. In addition, he prevailed in his 12 semifinals at the Foro Italico and advanced to his 52nd final in a tournament of this category.
In the second round of the men’s semifinals, Djokovic and Sonego put on a real show. The Serbian, who had started without major shocks, ran into an Italian who went on fire to the beat of the public, in which he found energy and a plus that led him to battle until the third set.
In the meeting there was everything: drops, runs, balloons and incredible rights that kept the Foro Italico as the pinnacle of top-level tennis. After two hours and 43 minutes of play, the world No. 1 closed the game and sealed his pass to the final in Rome.
It should be noted that both, on this day, they spent more than five hours on the trackBefore the semi-final match, Djokovic had to finish the pending match for the quarterfinals against Stefanos Tsitsipas, whom he beat 4-6, 7-5 and 7-5 in three hours and 22 minutes. On the other hand, Sonego experienced something similar against Andrey Rublev: in two hours and 33 minutes, he won a key duel that allowed him to advance.
After two years, the Foro Italico will witness a new final between Djokovic and Nadal. The Spanish possibly arrives with a little more physical rest, although the Serbian showed that he is at a great level and made it clear why he is number 1 on the circuit.