Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic win Rome Masters semi-finals
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 22/05/17 3:27pm
Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic will meet in the Rome Masters final after coming through Saturday’s semi-finals.
Zverev outlasted John Isner 6-4 6-7 6-1 before Djokovic needed less than an hour to beat Dominic Thiem 6-1 6-0.
Zverev, the 20-year-old German, becomes the youngest player to reach a ATP 1000 final since Djokovic, aged 19, in 2007. Sunday's meeting in the Rome final, live on Sky Sports 3 HD from 1pm, is their first career meeting.
Zverev, the world No 17, had already beaten Andy Murray's conqueror Fabio Fognini and then Milos Raonic earlier in the competition and his impressive streak continued in Saturday's semi-final.
The German is guaranteed to improve his world ranking to No 14, but if he wins Sunday's final, he will become world No 10.
Djokovic then made short work of Thiem, after earlier finishing off his quarter-final win over Juan Martin Del Potro which had been rained off a day earlier.
Djokovic led 6-1 6-2 against Del Potro on Friday before returning on Saturday morning to finish the job.
The Rome Masters final is live on Sky Sports 3 HD from 1pm on Sunday.