The world No. 1 played the best game of the season by defeating the brilliant Felix Auger-Aliassim 7-5, 7-6(1).
Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet this Saturday (2:30 p.m., Let’s Go) with the German’s victory in the first semi-final of the Masters 1000 in Rome, a week after doing so in Madrid. Second seed Zverev defeated Christian Garn of Chile 7-5, 6-2. Fourth seed Tsitsipas beat Italy’s Janic Sinar 7-6(5), 6-2. Kasper Rudd defeated Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7) and 7-5 and faced Novak Djokovic (not earlier than 7:30 p.m.), who defeated Felix Auger-Aliassim
7-5 and 7-6(2), in two hours and nine minutes.
Five-time champions of the tournament ‘Nole’ have defeated Norway in their two clashes, one of them in the semi-finals of the same tournament, in 2020. The Balkans had one match point with 5-4 for the rest, but needed to go into a tiebreaker and play a great match to get rid of Auger-Aliassim. In line with his continued progress after a weak start to the season on clay, Djokovic put up his best performance of the season to end the stubborn resistance of the rising young Canadian, losing to Alejandro Davydovich at Monte Carlo.
In 2017 the tournament’s champions Zverev and Tsitsipas have met 11 times, with seven victories for the Greek. Four doubles were on clay, and he won three.
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