Defending champion Novak Djokovic escaped elimination on Saturday in the quarter finals of the Masters tournament in Rome.

The number one in the world fought back from behind against Stéfanos Tsitsipás and won in three long sets.

Rafael Nadal qualified for the final without any problems.

The 33-year-old Djokovic was too strong for the eleven years younger Tsitsipás in a match full of beautiful rallies with 4-6, 7-5 and 7-5.

The Serbian made the decision after three hours and eighteen minutes at his second match point.

The match between Djokovic and Tsitsipás was stopped on Friday evening with a score of 6-4 and 2-1 in favor of the Greek.

Due to heavy rainfall, it was not possible to continue playing for the second time, so the organization decided to postpone the rest of the game until the next day.

On Saturday, Djokovic recovered in the second set.

He cleared a break in the eighth game and struck at a score of 6-5 on his fourth set point, forcing a decisive set.

In it, the eighteen-time Grand Slam winner was quickly broken, but restored balance in the sixth game.

After another break, Tsitsipás was allowed to serve the game at a score of 5-4, but his opponent fought back again and won the next three games.

In the last four, Djokovic, who won the tournament in Rome five times, takes on Lorenzo Sonego.

The Italian surprisingly dealt with seventh-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev: 3-6, 6-4 and 6-3.

Stéfanos Tsitsipás gave away a break lead twice in the deciding set.

Stéfanos Tsitsipás gave away a break lead twice in the deciding set.

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Nadal to the final without any problems

Nadal settled in two sets in the semi-final battle with the 2.11 meter tall American Reilly Opelka: 6-4 and 6-4.

The Spaniard needed one break in both sets and decided the match after just over an hour and a half on his first match point.

On Friday, 34-year-old Nadal also settled quite easily with Alexander Zverev (6-3 and 6-4).

With that, he took revenge for his defeat in Madrid last week.

Nadal has already won the tournament in Rome nine times.

Last year, the twenty-time Grand Slam winner stranded in the quarterfinals, in which he was surprised by Diego Schwartzman.