Rome: In the men’s singles yesterday, nine-time champion Rafael Nadal (Spain) defeated Obelka (USA) 6-4, 6-4 to reach the final.
In the previous quarter-final, defending champion and number one Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Sitsipas (Greece) 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 to reach the semi-finals for the 8th consecutive time. The game was stopped by rain when Djokovic lost the first set the previous day and was trailing 1-2 in the 2nd set. Djokovic, who was fresh yesterday, recovered from the collapse and snatched the victory. The game lasted 3 hours and 16 minutes.
In the semi-finals of the women’s singles, former number one Carolina Plizkova (Czech Republic) reached the final for the third time in a row with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 win over Petra Martinich (Croatia). In the other match, French Open champion Ika Sviatek (Poland) eliminated Coco Cap of the United States 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. In the final game of the title, Sviatek conducts a test of strength with Plizkova.