Novak Djokovic ousts Del Potro to seal semis spot in Rome Masters

Djokovic cruised into the semi-finals of the Rome Masters after a rain-interrupted 6-1, 6-4 win over Juan del Potro.

Published: 20th May 2017 07:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th May 2017 07:52 PM   |  A+A-

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball during a quarter final match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro at the Italian Open tennis tournament. | AP

By AFP

ROME: Serbia's Novak Djokovic, the second seed, cruised into the semi-finals of the Rome Masters Saturday after a rain-interrupted 6-1, 6-4 win over Juan del Potro.

Djokovic, the second seed and the only former Masters winner remaining in the draw, will now face Dominic Thiem later Saturday after the Austrian starlet sent seven-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain crashing out in the quarters.

Heavy downpours and storms in the Italian capital which began on Friday night mean organisers are playing catch-up in a bid to bring the event to a close by Sunday.

Djokovic had taken a one-set lead over unseeded Argentinian Del Potro, who held a 2-1 lead in the second set before heavy rain halted play.

The first men's semi-final is between 20-year-old German Alexander Zverev and big-serving American John Isner.

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