It will be Novak Djokovic against Stefanos Tsitsipas the final of the Internationals of Rome 2022: the Serbian ace has already won the tournament five times, while the Greek is still looking for a triumph in the Capitoline competition. For Nole, the one in the semifinal against the Norwegian Casper Ruud is the number one victory in his career (6-4, 6-3) but tomorrow the Belgrade champion will already have Roland Garros in mind, which unfortunately he will not participate in. Matteo Berrettini, who on social media announced that he had to give up the Parisian Grand Slam to complete the recovery after the operation in hand and plan his return for the season on the grass. “My team and I have decided that participating in Roland Garros, where we play the best of five sets, would not be a suitable choice for the path we have done so far”. It was not a hard-fought match, the evening one at the Foro Italico, despite Ruud being an excellent interpreter of clay. ‘Djoker’ starts the first set dominating, then, after a short interruption due to the sound of a fire alarm, Ruud is good at closing the gap with his athleticism: 4-5, then Nole straightens the shot and takes home the first fraction . The second, in the first half, but in the end bears the signature of Djokovic: 6-3, and a nice cake with ‘100’ as a prize. In the other match Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev faced each other, the third confrontation in a month between the two: after Monte Carlo (where the Hellenic won) and Madrid (the German’s success), on the Capitoline red clay the first prevailed again (6 -4, 4-6, 6-3), in a challenge almost two and a half hours long and marked not only by a fierce heat, but also by several errors on both sides. Zverev immediately starts strong, and helped by his splendid backhand wins the first set 6-4. The reaction of pride from the Greek was not long in coming: Tsitsipas won the first two games, then went as far as 4-1. Zverev is very wrong: straight too powerful or angled and badly calibrated short balls compromise the set, which then ended 6-4 for the Athenian. The last fraction sees the two players now at the end of their strength, especially ‘Sascha’, punished 6-3 by his rival, Djokovic’s next opponent. In the women’s tournament, everything was easy for Iga Swiatek, world number one and reigning champion in Rome, in the semifinal against Aryna Sabalenka: the Polish crushed the Belarusian 6-2 6-1 in just an hour and 19 minutes. Iga’s path is flawless, this year at the Internationals she has not yet lost a set (and she has hit the 27th win in a row, drawing the fourth most winning streak ever). In the final she will face Ons Jabeur: the Tunisian tightrope walker got the better of the Russian Daria Kasatkina (6-4, 1-6, 7-5) in three sets.
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