Rafael Nadal moved to the final of the Tennis Masters in Rome on Saturday and will meet longtime rival Novak Djokovic there on Sunday. The Serbian defending champion defeated Saturday night in the semi-final 6: 3 6: 7 (5/7) 6: 2 against Italian Lorenzo Sunigo, to claim his sixth title in Rome. After missing two match points in the second round, Djokovic finally won after 2:44 hours.
He had reached the semifinals on Saturday afternoon only with 4: 6 7: 5 7: 5 over Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. The 33-year-old managed to turn things around after he was late in the second set when the match was canceled due to rain on Friday. Nine-time winner Nadal defeated surprise semi-finalist Riley Obelka of the United States on Saturday 6: 4 6: 4. The Spaniard and 34-year-old Djokovic will play each other for the 57th time this Sunday. On the balance sheet, the world number one ranked from Belgrade is leading 29:27.
In the women’s category, Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic reached the final on Sunday for the third time in a row. She defeated the former world number one Petra Martic 6: 1, 3: 6, 6: 2. Two years ago, Pliskova won the WTA Championship. The opponent this time is the French Open winner Iga Swiatek. Polish defeated young American superstar Coco Gove 7: 6 (7/3) 6: 3.
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