Rome semifinals complete: Djokovic wins spectacle against Auger-Aliassime

Novak Djokovic is in the semifinals of the ATP Masters in Rome – but had to overcome some resistance against Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Secured the last semi-final ticket at the Masters in Rome: Novak Djokovic.

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Novak Djokovic is approaching the old top form. On Friday evening he defeated Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the spectacular night session of the ATP Masters in Rome 7: 5, 7: 6 (7: 1) and secured the last semi-final ticket that was still open.

His opponent, who is 13 years his junior, repeatedly gave Djokovic difficult tasks and sometimes got him into trouble. In the second set he even fended off a match point from the 34-year-old world number one, managed the rebreak and jumped into the tie-break to the great cheering of the spectators. However, Djokovic completed it almost perfectly.

The Serb is now playing against Casper Ruud for the final ticket – and his 1000th victory on the ATP tour. Ruud prevailed against Auger-Aliassime’s compatriot Denis Shapovalov 7: 6 (9: 7) and 7: 5. In the second semi-final, Alexander Zverev will face Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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