Novak Djokovic had it a bit easier today at the 2015 Rome Open only having to go two sets to beats David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 in just around ninety minutes. His first three matches had him going to three sets and much longer times including Friday’s very intense match with Japan star Kei Nishikori.
The three-time champion defeated seventh seed and 2010 runner-up David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday in one hour and 35 minutes at the Foro Italico in Rome.
Djokovic hit 26 winners and committed 24 unforced errors to beat Ferrer for the ninth time in a row. It extended his winning streak to 21 matches. His last loss came to Roger Federer in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships final on 28 February.
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Trading blows from the back of the court, Ferrer could not dig himself out of difficulties in the third game. Djokovic converted his secon of three break point opportunities with a fine backhand crosscourt, which opened up the court for a routine forehand into space.
Ferrer clung on and at 4-5, with Djokovic serving for the set, the Spaniard was aggressive and used his forehand effectively for a break point at 30/40. Ferrer could not convert as he over hit a forehand when Djokovic appeared stretched. Djokovic clinched his third set point to end the 45-minute set.
Djokovic won 59 per cent of his first service points and committed 15 unforced errors against the battling Ferrer.
In the second set, Ferrer recovered from 15/40 in the first game by winning six straight points, before Djokovic regained control.
Djokovic’s accurate groundstroke length continued to trouble Ferrer, who could not convert a break point in the sixth game. At 4-4, Ferrer lost his serve to love and Djokovic soon sealed a spot in his 34th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (23-10) and his 76th overall (52-23).
This year, he is now 13-1 against opponents in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.
Ferrer had been attempting to become the 12th player in the Open Era to record 300 clay-court match wins. The Spaniard has a 1-6 record in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals.
The world No.1 had been pushed to three sets in his first three matches in Rome but beat Spaniard Ferrer 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 35 minutes.
Defending champion Djokovic will face either Roger Federer or Stanislas Wawrinka, who contest an all-Swiss semi-final later on Saturday.