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4-time champion Djokovic of Serbia defeated Caspar Rudd in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 (File photo)
- Pliskova of the Czech Republic defeated Marketa Vondrusova 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the finals for the second time in a row
- Novak Djokovic defeated Casper Rude 7-5, 6-3 in the semi-finals
Novak Djokovic, the world’s No. 1 tennis player, reached the final of the Italian Open for the 10th time. 4-time champion Djokovic of Serbia defeated Caspar Rudd 7-5, 6-3. The top seed Djokovic reached the final of the Masters 1000 tournament for a record 52nd time. He left behind Spain’s Rafael Nadal (51). They will face the winner of the second semi-final between Denis Shapovalov of Canada and Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.
Schwartzman defeated former 9-time champion Nadal 6–2, 7–5 in consecutive sets. Nadal lost to Schwartzman for the first time in his career. At the same time, the women’s singles final will be between top seed Simona Halep and defending champion Carolina Pliskova. Halep of Romania defeated Garbine Mugurza 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 for the third time and Czech Republic’s Pliskova defeated Marketa Vondrusova 6-2, 6-4 to make it to the finals for the second time in a row.