Rafael Nadal will face Novak Djokovic in the Night Session of Heroics in Rome.

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At the 2019 Rome Masters, Novak Djokovic was the highlight of the night sessions. Under the lights at Foro Italico, Novak fought two Argentines and won two dramatic matches to advance to his 49th Masters 1000 final and eighth in Rome.

After saving two match points against Juan Martin del Potro twenty-four hours earlier, Novak defeated Diego Schwartzman in the semi-final with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 victory in two hours and 31 minutes. With only five break points and four service errors, Diego gave everything he had to Novak.

Novak, on the other hand, remained steadfast behind the original shot. The Serb faced four break points while playing and lost serve twice to put pressure on the opposing team. They drew the most from each other in the shortest and longest exchanges to leave the audience with something to remember, having about the same number of winners and blunders.

With a serve winner, Novak won the opening game of the match.

At the Rome Masters, Novak Djokovic defeated Diego Schwartzman in three sets.

With outstanding hitting from both players in the service games, they were up 4-3 after just 27 minutes, setting the tone for the following six games.

Before the eighth game, when he started to miss more shots, the Argentinian was on par with the Serb. Diego delivered a backhand volley into the net to give Novak the lead, and in the next 36 minutes, he won game nine 6-3 with three victories. The shortest rallies favored Djokovic somewhat, whereas mid-range points with five to eight strokes favored him more obviously.

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The Serb successfully executed hold after hold to win the first period of the match and gather momentum. The second set was back to “normal” after the first set’s nearly indoor or grass tennis. In a mad dash to the line that lasted almost 75 minutes, they both won over 40% of the return points!

From the sixth game, they traded four straight breaks, with the Argentine blowing leads of 4-2 and 5-3. After recovering, Novak recovered two breaks to force a tie break that his opponent had to win. Schwartzman ignored such losses and snatched up all the points in the breaker after the opening stroke.

After an hour and fifty minutes, the Argentine earned two mini-breaks to win the tie break 7-2 and force a deciding. They traded five easy service games in the deciding set and remained tied, fighting to summon the little bit of energy they had left.

Following Diego’s backhand blunder in the sixth game, Novak took the decisive action and broke Diego for a 4-2 lead. Serving brilliantly, Djokovic won game nine with a hold to go to the championship match against Rafael Nadal.

Rafael Nadal will face Novak Djokovic in the Night Session of Heroics in Rome.

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