Italian Open 2021: Rafael Nadal storms into 12th final after making light work of Reilly Opelka challenge

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Italian Open 2021: Rafael Nadal came up with different objective show arsenic the 9-time champion eased past USA's Reilly Opelka successful consecutive sets successful the men's singles semi-final successful Rome connected Saturday.

 Rafeal Nadal extends cleanable   semi-final grounds   to 12-0 (Reuters Photo)

Italian Open: Rafeal Nadal extends cleanable semi-final grounds to 12-0 (Reuters Photo)


  • 9-time champion Rafael Nadal won his 12th semi-final astatine Italian Open
  • Nadal defeated USA's Reilly Opelka successful a straightforward semi-final match
  • Nadal eyes Novak Djokovic's Masters 1000 record, the duo could conscionable successful final

9-time champion Rafael Nadal stormed into the last of Italian Open 2021 aft easing past USA's Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-4 successful their men's singles semi-final connected Saturday. Nadal extended his cleanable semi-final grounds astatine the clay-court Masters 1000 tourney to 12-0.

Second effect Rafael Nadal was successful apical signifier arsenic helium carried the momentum pursuing the straight-set triumph implicit Alexander Zverev to the semi-final against World No. 47 Opelka who had not mislaid a acceptable earlier Saturday's outing against the 20-time Grand Slam champion. Nadal got a interruption successful each of the 2 sets to implicit a comfy victory.

Nadal is conscionable a triumph distant from equalling Novak Djokovic's grounds for the astir fig of Masters 1000 titles connected the ATP tour. Nadal present has 35 portion Djokovic, who could perchance look Nadal connected Sunday successful Rome, has 1 much Masters 1000 title.

'05: Nadal
'06: RN
'07: RN
'08: Djokovic
'09: BOTH
'10: RN
'11: BOTH
'12: BOTH
'13: RN
'14: BOTH
'15: ND
'16: ND
'17: ND
'18: RN
'19: BOTH
'20: ND
'21: RN@RafaelNadal ensures that either helium oregon Djokovic person reached the Rome last each twelvemonth since 2005!#IBI21

— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) May 15, 2021

Nadal is present besides wrong touching region of winning a azygous tour-level lawsuit connected 10 oregon much occasions for the 4th time. The Spaniard already owns 13 Roland Garros crowns, 12 Barcelona trophies and 11 Monte-Carlo titles.

Nadal did not person a bully outing successful Madrid Masters arsenic the clay-court fable was ousted successful the quarter-final by Zverev. A triumph successful Rome wil springiness the 20-time Grand Slam champion the much-needed boost successful the pb to French Open, starting May 30.

Earlier successful the day, apical effect and 5-time champion Novak Djokovic came back from a acceptable down to assertion a stunning triumph successful the quarter-final implicit 5th effect Stefanos Tsitsipas. Djokovic was not astatine his champion but helium refused to spell distant contempt going down a interruption successful the decider of his 3 hr and 17-minute conflict which slipped into Saturday aft rainfall hold connected Friday.

Djokovic volition beryllium backmost successful enactment aboriginal connected Saturday erstwhile helium takes connected section anticipation Lorenzo Sonego, who defeated World No. 7 Andrey Rublev successful his quarter-final match. Following his wins implicit US Open victor Dominic Thiem and erstwhile satellite fig six Gael Monfils successful erstwhile rounds, the 26-year-old Sonego became the archetypal section antheral successful the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 lawsuit since Filippo Volandri successful 2007.

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