Novak Djokovicnumber 1 in the world, beat the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime 7-5 and 7-6 (1) and advanced to the semifinals of the Rome Masters 1000 where he will collide with the Norwegian Casper Ruud. The other semi will be between the German Alexander Zverev and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The brave Canadian could not with the Serbian number 1 in the world on the center court of the Foro Italico. The first duel between both tennis players fell on the side of the favorite, who had to push himself to the maximum to counteract the onslaught of his young rival and maintain the first position in the ATP ranking, which would have yielded to the Russian Daniel Medvedev in case you succumbed to the clay court Italian during this day.
And it is that Auger-Aliassime, called to be one of the greats of his generation, made nolemainly with his serves during the first set, where he signed six aces. He was not short in the second, in which he finished with five and eleven in total.
Djokovic got into the semis and will keep the number 1. EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Djokovic, who was not comfortable at the beginning of the match, countered with long exchanges of blows in which he gained confidence to take two rights that raised the Italian public. Little by little the Serbian was becoming great.
He broke the serve of the Canadian, number 9 in the world, and went 5-3 up to get the first set on trackbut Auger-Aliassime recovered and snatched serve from the favorite in the next game, nullifying the break. It seemed that the first stake was going to tie-breakerpBut the figure of number 1 appeared at the key moment to break another service and get ahead on the scoreboard.
The second manga was different. The Serbian started better, Auger-Aliassime seemed to deflate a bit, and managed to break the Canadian, after three balls of break to get 4-2.
Novak was on his way to victory, but just at that moment Auger-Aliassime began his resistance, in which he enjoyed two balls to recover his serve that put the Serbian in tension, until he managed to confirm the break and get 5-2 up. celebrated nolefist raised, releasing the tension of the previous game, without being aware that everything was not said.
But the 21-year-old tennis player continued his brilliant endurance exercise against a winner of twenty Grand Slam tournaments, whom he sent to the canvas with three games in a row to even the contest (5-5). The public already had their favorite of the night, which they encouraged and celebrated whenever there was an opportunity.
Auger-Aliassime kept his serve and tried to extend the match to the third set by breaking the Serb. He got it stretched out to a tie-breaker in which both displayed their coup de gala, but in which he sent a superb Djokovic with dropangled balls and a waste of physique that allowed him to reach all of his rival.
Djokovic did not fail in another key moment, breaking three Auger-Aliassime serves in the final tiebreak and reaching the semifinals without dropping a set. He is the only one who has achieved it along with the German Alexander Zverev.
The Serbian celebrated defiantly, putting a hand to his ear. In the semifinals, Djokovic will face the Norwegian Casper Ruudnumber 10 in the ranking, who eliminated Canadian Denis Shapovalov – Rafael Nadal’s executioner – in straight sets on Friday.