Djokovic, Del Potro To Finish QF on Saturday
Rain and lightning suspend play on Friday night
Second seed Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro were in for a late night on Friday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, but they’ll return to the court on Saturday to finish their quarter-final match. Rain and lightning forced them off with Djokovic serving at 6-1, 1-2.
Djokovic dropped serve in the opening game, but won the next six games to take the 44-minute opening set. The Serbian hit 15 winners to a tidy 10 unforced errors in the first set, controlling the points by moving del Potro from side to side. Meanwhile, del Potro struggled for form and didn’t hit a backhand winner in the opening set, finishing with six winners to 11 unforced errors.
The Argentine reigned his serve in for the second set and both men traded holds until the elements brought a conclusion to Friday’s play.
The winner will play eighth seed Dominic Thiem on Saturday night after the Austrian shocked Rafael Nadal in their quarter-final. Djokovic leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with del Potro 13-4 and has won both of their matches this year in Acapulco and Indian Wells.