Novak Djokovic reached the final of the Masters tournament in Rome for the tenth time in his career on Sunday.

The number one in the world beat Norwegian Casper Ruud in the last four with 7-5 and 6-3.

Djokovic started his match poorly and soon found a break behind.

In the tenth game, the Serbian got two set points, but he cleared them away to hit his first set point two games later.

Ruud also made it difficult for his opponent in the second company, but in the sixth game the global number 34 had to give up his service.

Djokovic then finished the job without any problems and decided the match on his third match point.

Djokovic won the clay tournament in Rome four times (2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015) and was a losing finalist five times (2009, 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2019).

Last year he had to acknowledge his superior in Rafael Nadal, who was surprised in the quarterfinals on Saturday by Argentinian Diego Schwartzman.

In the final battle, Djokovic will face the winner of the match between Schwartzman and Canadian Denis Shapovalov on Monday, who will face each other later in the day.

Djokovic is in his first tournament since the US Open, where he was disqualified in the eighth finals when he hit a ball against a linesman.

Halep first to women's final

For the women, Simona Halep reached the final battle in Rome for the third time in her career.

The Romanian set aside the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza 6-3, 4-6 and 6-4.

For the title, Halep, who was a losing finalist in the Italian capital in 2017 and 2018, will play against the winner of the Czech gathering between defending champion Karolína Plísková and Markéta Vondrousová on Monday.

For Kiki Bertens and Arantxa Rus the curtain fell in the second round.

Bertens, who had a bye in the opening round, went down in her first match in seven months against the Slovenian Polona Hercog and Rus lost to Vondrousová.