Novak Djokovic, a huge favorite in the Masters 1000 in Rome, qualified for the semifinals this Friday by defeating Felix Oger-Eliasim of Canada (9th in the world) in a very high-level double after defeating defending champion Rafael Nadal on Thursday. gone. With sections 7-5 and 7-6 (7/1).
The victory of this hard-fought battle ensures that Serbia retains the top spot in the world rankings on Monday, which could go to Russia’s Daniel Medvedev if they lose before the semi-finals.
Serbia, the five-time clay champions in Eternal City, will face Norway’s Caspar Road (10th) in the semi-finals for their final title in 2020 at Foro Italico.
In their first pairing with ‘Noel’, one of the best Auger-Aliassime tried his best to defeat Serbia, relying on its devastating servitude and wide variety of strikes.
The 21-year-old Canadian, winner of his first ATP tournament in February (in Rotterdam), forced a Serbian tiebreak in the second set.
But Noel showed a cold shoulder and won the match in 2 hours and 10 minutes, his 999th victory on the circuit. In the event of another victory on Saturday, he will enter the select group of players with a thousand or more wins (along with Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Evan Lendl and Rafael Nadal).
Zverev also moves on
World No. 3 Alexander Zverev defeated Chile’s Christian Garin 7-5, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Rome tournament this Friday and will face Greek Stefanos Setsipas, who Defeats Italian genetic senator. 7-6 (7/5) and 6-2.
After playing ten games, Xavier outscored Garin and ended the first set 6-5 with his serve. In the second set, the Germans broke Chile’s serve in the first game to clinch a new victory.
Xavier, who reached the final in Madrid last Sunday, will face Greek Stefanos Setsipas in the semi-finals, who lost the first set. Tie break Against the sinner, who, after trying, asked for a medical break.
In the second half, with less difficulty, the tennis player managed to close the rankings for the semi-finals with his second match point, after a ten-minute interruption due to a medical emergency at the stands.
This will be the third time that Zverev and Tsipas will face each other in the semi-finals this season: the Greeks won straight sets (6-4 and 6-2) at the Monte Carlo tournament in April, which they later won. Will
One week ago in Madrid, it was the Germans who won three sets (6-3, 3-6 and 6-2), although they lost in the final to Carlos Alcaraz of Spain.
Swiatek won another.
In the women’s event, the world number one and current champion of the tournament in Rome, Iga Swiatek of Poland, is unstoppable, defeating Bianca Andresco of Canada 7-6 (7-2), 6-0. ۔
The Swede, who left the Madrid tournament to avoid the pain of his right arm, is 26 games unbeaten and one game away from his fifth final in five tournaments this season.
To achieve this goal, she must beat Belarusian Elena Sabalinka in the semifinals, beating Amanda Ansimova of the United States 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.
Svetlak and Sabalinka have already met in the final of the tournament in Stuttgart at the end of April, with Poland winning 6-2 6-2 in straight sets.
The second semi-final will be played between Tunisia’s Ounce Jabier and the Russian river Casatkina.
Results of this Friday’s Masters 1000 in Rome:
Men’s Singles (Quarter Finals):
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE / N.4) x Jannik Sinner (ITA / N.10) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2
Alexander Zverev (GER / N.2) x Christian Garin (CHI) 7-5, 6-2
Novak Djokovic (SRB / N.1) vs. Felix Auger-Aliasime (CAN / N.8) 7-5, 7-6 (7/1)
Casper Ruud (NOR / N.5) x Denis Shapovalov (CAN / N.13) 7-6 (9/7), 7-5
Women’s Singles (Quarter Final):
Iga Swiatek (POL / N.1) x Bianca Andresco (CAN) 7-6 (7/2), 6-0
Arena Sabalinka (BLR / N.3) x Amanda Ansimova (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Ons Jabeur (TUN / N.9) x Maria Sakkari (GRE / N.4) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
River Kasatkina (RUS) x Jil Teichmann (SUI) 6-4, 3-2 and Retirement
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