In Rome, Djokovic ties for first place and continues to improve

The Serbian defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarterfinals and will face Casper Ruud in the final.

Novak Djokovic, a Serbian tennis player, defeated Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (7-5, 7-6 (1)) on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Rome tournament, the season’s fifth Masters 1,000 event, where he will face Norwegian Casper Ruud, a victory that puts him ahead of Roland Garros.

‘Nole’ is making a comeback. The Serbian has been rediscovering his rhythm and filing his game since the deportation of Australia in 2022, and he is extremely close to his greatest version at the Foro Italico. The world number one reached the semi-finals in Rome, where he is a five-time champion, after reaching the final in Belgrade.

When Auger-Aliassime insisted, Djokovic did not hesitate to play extra tennis until the Canadian was knocked out. After more than two hours of intense combat, the Serbian won his first match against a ‘Top 10’ in 2022. He led Belgrade in the first set after both players figured out how to break the other’s serve.

To the rest, a ‘Nole’ specialty, the Serbian won the set (7-5) despite having to row and a lot. In the second set (4-2), Djokovic gained the lead again, but Auger-Aliassime, fresh off victories in Barcelona, Estoril, and Madrid, went on the attack. The American saved a match point before breaking the Serb while serving to finish the match.

A new rush till the ‘tie-break,’ where Djokovic demonstrated that he still intends to fight. The Serbian, the current Roland Garros champion, will be the first seeded player in Paris, looking for his 21st ‘big’, following to his victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev on Monday.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev will compete in the other semifinal in Rome, a rivalry that is fast becoming a classic, with each winning in Montercalo and Madrid this year. The Greek beat local hero Jannik Sinner (7-6(5), 6-2), while the German beat Chilean Cristian Garn (7-5, 6-2).

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