TENNIS: DJOKOVIC SURGES TO ITALIAN OPEN FINAL

Rome - Novak Djokovic showed that he was back to his best on Saturday with neither Juan Martin Del Potro nor Dominic Thiem able to prevent from reaching the final of the Italian Open.

Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro earlier today after their Friday match was postponed due to a thunderstorm. Rather than showing signs of fatigue, the World No. 2 was absolutely dominant from start to finish. If anything the Serbian seemed to be perfectly warmed up as he followed up a 20-shot rally in the first point to emphatically take the first set.

In contrast to his memorable victory over Rafael Nadal in the quarter-final Thiem looked rusty and missed a number of shots, the type he was making against Nadal, and the Austrian finished the first set with seven unforced errors.

Djokovic broke in the first game of the second and crucially held despite Thiem going to 0-30. Eurosport said that another big push from Djokovic saw him go 3-0 up which was celebrated with a roar, which was a recurring theme throughout the match. He saved two break points in the fourth and then broke and served out again to complete the bagel and win the match.

Djokovic will face Alexander Zverev in the final.

Source: Qatar News Agency