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Zverev reaches first Masters final in Rome

Zverev reaches first Masters final in Rome

Zverev, who turned 20 last month, wrapped up the second set 6-3, and will play Canada's Milos Raonic, the number five seed, next after he beat Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-2.

Djokovic, the former four-time champion, was forced to finish his quarter-final over Juan Martin del Potro earlier in the day after their match was rained off late on Friday.

Djokovic was the previous youngest Masters finalist, going all the way to the title in Miami as a 19-year-old in 2007.

Alexander Zverev is one match away from his first ATP Masters 1000 title after overcoming John Isner 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 in the Internazionali BNL d'Italia semi-finals.

Later Friday, seven-time champion Rafael Nadal, seeded fourth, meets Austrian eighth seed Dominic Thiem in a repeat of last week's Madrid Masters final, won by the Spanish clay court king.

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Women: Third round: Garbine Muguruza bt Julia Goerges 7-5, 6-4; Anett Kontaveit bt Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-1, 6-1; Simone Halep bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-0; Daria Gavrilova bt Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6, 7-5, 6-4; Venus Williams bt Johanna Konta 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

"I'm overjoyed and happy with every minute that I spent on the court today", Djokovic said.

"Sometimes a win over a top player gives you confidence", Halep said after her semi-final.

On the other hand, Isner edged past Croatia's Marin Cilic in a match of big serves, that went to the decider after the American slipped in the second set.

"The duel on Thursday was between two physical giants, with Isner at 6'8" and Cilic 6'4", but the American was the best in decisive moments, winning both tie-breaks of the duel and closing the game in two hours and 38 minutes. Svitolina led 4-1.


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