Rafael Nadal secured his place within the Italian Open remaining with a 6-4 6-4 win over American Reilly Opelka.
At 2-1 down within the first set Nadal needed to save 4 break factors, however he then broke his big-hitting rival within the subsequent sport earlier than occurring to say the set.
One break of serve was additionally sufficient for the 34-year-old Spaniard within the second set as he secured victory in Rome.
Nadal will play world primary Novak Djokovic, who beat Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2, within the remaining.
Djokovic was on courtroom twice on Saturday as he got here from a set all the way down to beat Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas of their rain-affected quarter-final earlier than taking part in Sonego after Nadal’s match.
Towards Tsitsipas, the Serb trailed 6-4 2-1 when the match was suspended due to rain on Friday, however he broke serve twice when it resumed on Saturday to drive a decider.
He then twice recovered from a break down in a see-saw remaining set to win 4-6 7-5 7-5 and attain the final 4.
Sonego had additionally been in motion on Saturday as he beat Andrey Rublev 3-6 6-4 6-3 to arrange the semi-final with Djokovic.
However, the pair produced an enthralling match lasting two hours and 44 minutes.
Djokovic had served for the match at 6-5 up within the second set in opposition to 26-year-old Sonego solely to be damaged.
He was then 3-0 up within the tie-break however misplaced 7-5 as an impressed Sonego levelled after a second set which lasted 91 minutes.
Nonetheless, Djokovic reasserted himself within the third earlier than ultimately prevailing to arrange a sixth Italian Open remaining in opposition to Nadal.
“Rome is such an necessary match for me. To be within the remaining once more is so necessary for me,” mentioned Nadal.
“When it comes to preparation for [the French Open at] Roland Garros, I take into account the job carried out. Tomorrow is by no means preparation. It is a remaining, an necessary one, and I need to be aggressive.”
Nice Britain’s Salisbury into first Masters remaining
Britain’s Joe Salisbury reached his first Masters remaining after two victories in sooner or later with doubles companion Rajeev Ram.
Final yr’s Australian Open champions beat fourth seeds Marcel Granollers of Spain and Argentine Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 10-2 in a match held over from Friday due to rain.
They then received 6-4 6-4 in opposition to El Salvador’s Marcelo Arevalo and Dutchman Matwe Middelkoop.
Salisbury and American Ram will face Croatian’s Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in Sunday’s remaining.