At the Italian Open 2021, after the victories of Reilly Opelka and Rafael Nadal, who will face each other tomorrow in the semifinals, the rain gave no respite to the tournament in Rome and the organizers were forced to postpone the matches between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas, Lorenzo Sonego and Andrey until tomorrow.
Rublev and the one between Elina Svitolina and Iga Swiatek as regards the women's circuit. The only two players who had a chance to play for almost an hour were Djokovic and Tsitsipas. The Greek is one set and one break ahead and, up to the moment of suspension, he showed great solidity from the baseline.
In the first set, which ended 6-4, Djokovic got off to a bad start and lost his serve in the opening game. Tsitsipas faced three break points in the next two batting rounds, but thanks to the serve and a wonderful backhand along the line he was saved.
The current number 5 in the world was then good at not shaking and being influenced by the score when it was time to take home the first portion of the game. Sonego and Rublev, on the other hand, only completed the warm-up phase before the line judge announced the official suspension of the match.
Nadal beats Zverev
In the second quarter-final of the men's singles in Rome, Rafael Nadal avenged the defeat he suffered last week in Madrid against Alexander Zverev and today he will play his twelfth semifinal in the tournament.
The German tennis player started the game badly and immediately lost his serve by committing the usual double fault on the break ball. Nadal did not allow himself to be influenced by his opponent's mistakes and without hesitation went to 4-0.
It is precisely in this disheartening scoring situation that Zverev has decided to enter the field and push the 20-time Grand Slam champion to the limit. The German has recovered well one of the two breaks from the disadvantage, but has sensationally failed to get back in the race in the partial, missing a simple backhand on the break point granted to him by Nadal in the ninth game; what allowed the Majorcan to put an end to the first set.
In the second set, Nadal showed what is the essence of the true champion. Because it is like a champion that the Spaniard managed to recover from 0-40 in the fourth game and from 15-40 in the sixth, canceling a total of five break points.
And again, it is as a champion that he put pressure on Zverev at 2-2, literally tearing his serve from his hands. Finally, Rafa also carefully administered the last game of the match, in which he conceded three break points to Zverev, and for the umpteenth time in his career he raised his voice in time of need.