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Djokovic 'never lost faith' after Del Potro scare

Roger Federer Roger Federer had been competing at the Italian Open for the first time since 2016
Shannon Reynolds | 20 May, 2019, 20:17

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Fernando Verdasco of Spain during their quarterfinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Friday, May 17, 2019.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal swept past fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco on Friday to set up a revenge clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Italian Open semi-finals, admitting the young Greek has always been his tip to make the big time in 2019.

Nadal, seeded second, was playing his fourth straight semi-final, but had not managed to go further on clay this season.

"Right now I'm really, not mad, but I'm kind of in between sad and disappointed because I really wanted to play my match today". In the third, the Serbian pulled off one of the shots of the night - a sliding short-angle forehand victor - to set up a break point in the fifth game.

The 15-time Grand Slam victor next plays Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who eliminated Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-2. "I can't move my hand".

After erasing a 5-2 deficit, Del Potro had a pair of chances to book a semi-final berth at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament, however, Djokovic fended off both in the second-set tie-break.

"He's one of the greatest champions this game has ever seen", 15-time grand slam champion Djokovic said. We haven't seen players able to do that to Rafa on odd occasions on this surface. "It's not a drama to lose in semi-finals".

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The Swiss, who has never won in the Italian capital, saved two match points against Borna Coric in his second match on Thursday but succumbed to a right leg injury.

"I woke up this morning and couldn't really move my thumb", Osaka told reporters. Interestingly, the head to head matches between the two players are rather polarised.

In the women's draw, Konta booked her first semi-final in Rome with a 6-3 3-6 6-1 win over Czech Marketa Vondrousova.

Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, who beat Kei Nishikori 6-4 6-2, will meet four-time champion Novak Djokovic in the last four after the Serb dispatched Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 7-6 (6) 6-4.

The four-time Italian Open champion appeared to have the match fully under control when he won the first set in routine fashion on Saturday.

The quarterfinals in the other half of the draw feature former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka against Karolina Pliskova, and Kristina Mladenovic against Maria Sakkari in a matchup of two qualifiers.

"Unfortunately, King Roger had to withdraw from the tournament due to an injury to his right leg", the tournament organizers wrote on Twitter.

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