Top seed Rafael Nadal has reached the final of the Rome Masters courtesy of a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over Novak Djokovic this afternoon.
In their 51st meeting but first in more than a year, Rafa’s court coverage eventually proved too much to handle for Djokovic.
After the match, Rafa said:
It was a tough match. Playing against him is always a challenge.
I played a couple of bad shots serving for the first set. Against him you always have to play at the limit of your game.
I needed to play aggressive with my forehand. When I didn’t do that is when I suffered.
This victory is a good confidence for me.
The King of Clay will now face either Alexander Zverev or Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final.
Sources: AP, BBC