The Italian crowd is going to be in for a treat as they will have a chance to witness a big showdown between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in Saturday’s semifinal at the Rome Tennis Masters.
World no.1 and defending champion Djokovic was the first one to book his place in the semis after eliminating the Frenchman Tsonga 7-5 6-1.
The Serbian started the match with a lot of confidence, going up a break with the help of a couple of unforced errors from the Frenchman and taking a 3-0 lead. After Tsonga managed to get the break back in the 5th game, two more breaks of serve followed and the score was levelled at 5-5. The Frenchman had a big chance to take Djokovic’s serve in the very next game, but he wasn’t able to capitalise. When serving to stay in the set at 5-6, he commited some unnecessary unforced errors that cost him the set.
Tsonga didn’t seem to be able to find his rhythm at the start of the second set and Djokovic grabbed the opportunity, storming to a 5-0 lead. Only then did the Frenchman manage to get on the scoreboard, but unfortunately for him, it was too late. Djokovic wrapped up the match and booked his spot in the semis, where he will play Roger Federer.
Federer posted a clinical victory against Italy’s Andreas Seppi, destroying him 6-1 6-2 in just 54 minutes.
The first set lasted a mere 20 minutes and the Swiss, playing in a completely different league, literally dismantled his opponent. Although Seppi’s looked still tired from yesterday’s marathon match against Stanislas Wawrinka, it didn’t change the fact that Federer made him look like second class.
At the start of the second set, Seppi picked himself up to the cheers of the home crowd. The first four games went with serve, but the world no.2 changed gears once more as he stormed to and impressive victory after taking the following four games.
In the other all Spanish semifinal, Nadal will face Ferrer.