Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2020 despite a rather dull performance against the surprising German Dominik Koepfer, who plays a good match and takes advantage of several mistakes of the number 1 in the world.
The Serb loses the first set of the tournament and needs overtime to reach the penultimate act of the tournament where he will find the Norwegian Casper Ruud. The first set sees the Serbian start immediately strong with two consecutive breaks and a 4-0 that bode badly for the German.
However, he did not give up and made two consecutive breaks, thus taking 4-3. A further break by Djokovic in the eighth game gives the Serb the chance to serve and close the first set 6-3. Similar story in the second set with Djokovic immediately ahead of a break, but at 3-1 he starts making several mistakes and seems to come out of the match.
Novak also breaks the racket due to nervousness and Koepfer goes to 5-4. On Djokovic's serve there is a set point for the German and yet another mistake by the world number one gives Koepfer an unexpected set. We go to the third and everything to be redone for the champion.
In the third and decisive set Koepfer cancels with the complicity of Djokovic four break points in the first game but in the third game the Serb puts his nose forward again. The Serb maintains his service despite the constant mistakes but Koepfer does not give up, holds out until the end and Djokovic ends with a final break with a dry 6-3.
Denis Shapovalov defeated Matteo Berrettini in three amazing sets.
Big match in the first women's semifinal
In the women's draw the first semifinalist is the Romanian Simona Halep who wins also taking advantage of Putintseva's withdrawal.
A set and a break ahead of Halep closes the match early with the number 30 in the world who prefers to raise the white flag. The Romanian will challenge the Spanish Garbine Muguruza, winner of the big match of the day against Azarenka.
The Spaniard beats Viktorjia Azarenka in three sets and "breaks" the great moment of form of the opponent. Azarenka starts strong and breaks in the fourth game and maintains the service winning the first set 6-3.
The second set is a whirlwind of breaks with neither of them able to take the reins of the match, in the eighth game, however, Muguruza makes the decisive break (yet another) and closes 6-3. In the third set Muguruza goes on, then lets herself come back and finally in the ninth game she gets the decisive break that gives her a big match in the semifinals against Halep.
Italian Open: men's singles semifinals Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruus Denis Shapovalov vs Diego Schwartzman Italian Open: women's singles semifinals Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza Marketa Vondrousova vs Karolina Pliskova