Djokovic to meet Nadal in Rome final, Serena through

Sat May 17, 2014 4:47pm EDT
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By Terry Daley

ROME (Reuters) - The Italian Open will get its dream men's final on Sunday after Rafa Nadal's routine cuffing of Grigor Dimitrov set up an enticing match with Novak Djokovic that could be a barometer for the French Open.

Top seed Nadal has struggled through much of the tournament but was far too good for dogged Dimitrov, the Spaniard quickly powering to a 6-2 6-2 victory and a showdown with world number two Djokovic.

Serb Djokovic survived a three-hour dogfight and one-set deficit with big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic to make Sunday's final. He was subjected to an onslaught of power but eventually came through to win 6-7(5) 7-6(4) 6-3.

"It's a big win because it gives me strength and belief that I can hopefully carry towards the final and the rest the season," Djokovic, bidding for a third Rome title, said.

"I can't remember the last time I felt so helpless in a return game. I couldn't predict his serve at all."

In the women's event world number one Serena Williams gained revenge for her Australian Open fourth round defeat by Ana Ivanovic, beating the Serb 6-1 3-6 6-1 to set up a final against local favorite Sara Errani.


Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his men's singles semi-final match against Milos Raonic of Canada at the Rome Masters tennis tournament May 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini