In the semifinals of the Italian Open 2021, in Rome, Rafael Nadal has also overcome the obstacle of the giant Reilly Opelka, to then go on to his 52nd career ATP Masters 1000 final, the twelfth at the Foro Italico, where he will go in search of the tenth success and where he will find his long-time rival, Novak Djokovic, who will share the sixth Roman final with him.
Called to the most difficult exam of his week of grace, Opelka loses, as indeed was foreseeable. After all, Reilly had one in front of the five hundredth game on red in his career with 457 victories (458 with this one), which means a% that exceeds 91%.
In short, it was impossible. Frankly, you couldn't ask for more than double 6-4 in one hour and 32 minutes of play from Opelka. Winning two games like the ones that Novak Djokovic won in the semifinals of Rome 2021, must be an extraordinary experience in just a few hours, even if the CV shows the number 18 under the title of Grand Slam titles.
Lorenzo Sonego threw his heart over the obstacle, fought until the last 15, canceled two match points in the second set, but this was not enough to scratch the defenses of an immense champion. In the first set, Djokovic immediately made things clear and forced Sonego to give up his serve in the fourth game.
A break that the Serbian made enough for until the turn of service that allowed him to win the first portion of the game with a score of 6-3. Below the Italian Open 2021 semifinals highlights.