Maria Sharapova

Grand slam winner Maria Sharapova will be a prominent representative of the Russian Olympic team at the London Olympics.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia drinks water during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Olympics - Previews - Day - 1
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia drinks water during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Maria Sharapova of the Russia Olympic tennis team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Maria Sharapova of the Russia Olympic tennis team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Maria Sharapova of the Russia Olympic tennis team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Maria Sharapova of the Russia Olympic tennis team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a forehand during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Olympics - Previews - Day - 1
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a forehand during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia smiles during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Olympics - Previews - Day - 1
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia smiles during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Olympics - Previews - Day - 1
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Olympics - Previews - Day - 1
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova at ESPYs
Maria Sharapova at ESPYs
Maria Sharapova at ESPYs
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Maria Sharapova of Russia returns the ball during her Ladies' singles third round match against Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
The Championships - Wimbledon 2012: Day Five
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Maria Sharapova of Russia returns the ball during her Ladies' singles third round match against Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: French Open women's champion Maria Sharapova of Russia poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen near the Eiffel Tower after her victory earlier in the day in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
French Open Women's Champion Maria Sharapova Of Russia Poses Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: French Open women's champion Maria Sharapova of Russia poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen near the Eiffel Tower after her victory earlier in the day in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Russia's Maria Sharapova poses with her trophy in the clockrooms after winning against Italy's Sara Errani the Women's Singles final tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, on June 9, 2012 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / POOL SINDY THOMASSINDY THOMAS/AFP/GettyImages
Russia's Maria Sharapova Poses AFP/Getty Images
Russia's Maria Sharapova poses with her trophy in the clockrooms after winning against Italy's Sara Errani the Women's Singles final tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, on June 9, 2012 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / POOL SINDY THOMASSINDY THOMAS/AFP/GettyImages
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Plays Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia kisses the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Kisses Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia kisses the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in her changing room after her women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sindy Thomas - Pool/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Celebrates Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in her changing room after her women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sindy Thomas - Pool/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia is sprayed with champagne by her physical trainer Juan Reque (L) and her hitting partner Cecil Mamiit (R) as she makes her way to her changing room after her women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sindy Thomas - Pool/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Is Sprayed With Champagne By Her Physical Trainer Juan Reque (L) And Her Hitting Partner Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia is sprayed with champagne by her physical trainer Juan Reque (L) and her hitting partner Cecil Mamiit (R) as she makes her way to her changing room after her women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sindy Thomas - Pool/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Plays Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
TOPSHOTS Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova poses with her trophy in front the Eiffel tower on June 9, 2012 in Paris, after winning the Women's Singles final tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/GettyImages
TOPSHOTS Russian Tennis Player Maria Sharapova Poses With Her Trophy In Front The Eiffel Tower On June 9, 2012 In Paris, AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova poses with her trophy in front the Eiffel tower on June 9, 2012 in Paris, after winning the Women's Singles final tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/GettyImages
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Celebrates With The Coupe Suzanne Lenglen In The Women's Singles Final Against Sara Errani Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after beating Russia's Maria Sharapova in their semifinal match, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Saturday, May 19, 2018. Halep won 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Nadal beats Djokovic and will face Zverev for Rome title
Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after beating Russia's Maria Sharapova in their semifinal match, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Saturday, May 19, 2018. Halep won 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball during her semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
Nadal beats Djokovic and will face Zverev for Rome title
Russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball during her semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
Simona Halep came through a three-set battle with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova (AFP Photo/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE)
Simona Halep came through a three-set battle with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova
Simona Halep came through a three-set battle with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova (AFP Photo/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE)
Too many errors: Maria Sharapova dropped serve 10 times on Saturday (AFP Photo/TIZIANA FABI)
Too many errors: Maria Sharapova dropped serve 10 times on Saturday
Too many errors: Maria Sharapova dropped serve 10 times on Saturday (AFP Photo/TIZIANA FABI)
Both Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova struggled to serve with any consistency in Rome on Saturday, but the world number one triumphed.
Halep outlasts Sharapova in break-heavy Rome semi
Both Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova struggled to serve with any consistency in Rome on Saturday, but the world number one triumphed.
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Celebrates With The Coupe Suzanne Lenglen In The Women's Singles Final Against Sara Errani Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after beating Russia's Maria Sharapova in their semifinal match, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Saturday, May 19, 2018. Halep won 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Nadal beats Djokovic and will face Zverev for Rome title
Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after beating Russia's Maria Sharapova in their semifinal match, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Saturday, May 19, 2018. Halep won 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball during her semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
Nadal beats Djokovic and will face Zverev for Rome title
Russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball during her semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
Simona Halep came through a three-set battle with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova (AFP Photo/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE)
Simona Halep came through a three-set battle with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova
Simona Halep came through a three-set battle with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova (AFP Photo/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE)
Too many errors: Maria Sharapova dropped serve 10 times on Saturday (AFP Photo/TIZIANA FABI)
Too many errors: Maria Sharapova dropped serve 10 times on Saturday
Too many errors: Maria Sharapova dropped serve 10 times on Saturday (AFP Photo/TIZIANA FABI)
Both Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova struggled to serve with any consistency in Rome on Saturday, but the world number one triumphed.
Halep outlasts Sharapova in break-heavy Rome semi
Both Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova struggled to serve with any consistency in Rome on Saturday, but the world number one triumphed.
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova reacts during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova reacts during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova reacts during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova (L) in action during her women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova (L) in action during her women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova (L) in action during her women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova (L) in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova (L) in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova (L) in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova (L) in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova (L) in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova (L) in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
With fears growing that this year's French Open could turn into a procession, Novak Djokovic issued a warning on Saturday that Rafael Nadal may not have things all his own way in Paris. Djokovic was ultimately outlasted in a pulsating Italian Open semi-final 7-6, 6-3, but after two years of struggle - and more than 12 months since he had faced a member of the "Big Four" - he at last looked like rediscovering his best form in what was a 51st meeting against his old rival Nadal. During a bruising first set that lasted 73 minutes Djokovic fired winners off both wings that drew gasps from the Foro Italico crowd as even Nadal was made to look pedestrian at times by his opponent's swiftness around the court. The problem for Djokovic was that his high level irritated a snarling Nadal into playing arguably his best tennis of 2018. After weeks of straightforward victories, the raucous Roman crowd was thrilled by Nadal being forced to produce the sort of ruthless big-hitting that makes him almost unbeatable on this surface. After losing the first set on a tie-break, Djokovic faded in the second as Nadal advanced to Sunday's final against German rising star Alexander Zverev. A win for Nadal would see him reclaim the world No 1 ranking from the absent Roger Federer. Djokovic produced a brilliant performance in the first set Credit: Getty Images Djokovic for his part will drop out of the world's top 20 for the first time since 2006 on Monday, but he will surely clamber back up the rankings ladder with more displays like this. “I can only take positives from this week," said Djokovic, who was playing his first semi-final since June. "I didn't really expect anything coming into this tournament, when it comes to results, because I didn't have many great results in the last period. I'm pleased with how I've played [in the] past three days, very pleased. “I don't think that there was too much of a difference [between us], which is great news for me. Rafa is, of course, the best player ever to play tennis on clay-courts and he's in great, great form. It's very difficult to play him on clay anywhere. “I've never faced this kind of situation before. So I thought that it's not going to take me long to get back to winning ways…I [have] had to learn a lesson and accept the circumstances. But, looking back two or three months, this is the best that I've felt on the court, by far." Nadal is a win away from reclaiming the world No 1 spot Credit: AFP Nadal was pleased with his performance, and said the win would give him "good confidence". Elsewhere at the Foro Italico on Saturday, Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares lost their men's doubles semi-final 7-6, 3-6, 10-8 to the Colombian pair Juan Sebastian Farah and Robert Farah. Despite the disappointment, it was a positive week for Murray and Soares, who won consecutive matches for the first time since early March. Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova's impressive run ended in the semi-finals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat to world No 1 Simona Halep.
Novak Djokovic produces best performance of the year but is outlasted by Rafael Nadal in Rome
With fears growing that this year's French Open could turn into a procession, Novak Djokovic issued a warning on Saturday that Rafael Nadal may not have things all his own way in Paris. Djokovic was ultimately outlasted in a pulsating Italian Open semi-final 7-6, 6-3, but after two years of struggle - and more than 12 months since he had faced a member of the "Big Four" - he at last looked like rediscovering his best form in what was a 51st meeting against his old rival Nadal. During a bruising first set that lasted 73 minutes Djokovic fired winners off both wings that drew gasps from the Foro Italico crowd as even Nadal was made to look pedestrian at times by his opponent's swiftness around the court. The problem for Djokovic was that his high level irritated a snarling Nadal into playing arguably his best tennis of 2018. After weeks of straightforward victories, the raucous Roman crowd was thrilled by Nadal being forced to produce the sort of ruthless big-hitting that makes him almost unbeatable on this surface. After losing the first set on a tie-break, Djokovic faded in the second as Nadal advanced to Sunday's final against German rising star Alexander Zverev. A win for Nadal would see him reclaim the world No 1 ranking from the absent Roger Federer. Djokovic produced a brilliant performance in the first set Credit: Getty Images Djokovic for his part will drop out of the world's top 20 for the first time since 2006 on Monday, but he will surely clamber back up the rankings ladder with more displays like this. “I can only take positives from this week," said Djokovic, who was playing his first semi-final since June. "I didn't really expect anything coming into this tournament, when it comes to results, because I didn't have many great results in the last period. I'm pleased with how I've played [in the] past three days, very pleased. “I don't think that there was too much of a difference [between us], which is great news for me. Rafa is, of course, the best player ever to play tennis on clay-courts and he's in great, great form. It's very difficult to play him on clay anywhere. “I've never faced this kind of situation before. So I thought that it's not going to take me long to get back to winning ways…I [have] had to learn a lesson and accept the circumstances. But, looking back two or three months, this is the best that I've felt on the court, by far." Nadal is a win away from reclaiming the world No 1 spot Credit: AFP Nadal was pleased with his performance, and said the win would give him "good confidence". Elsewhere at the Foro Italico on Saturday, Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares lost their men's doubles semi-final 7-6, 3-6, 10-8 to the Colombian pair Juan Sebastian Farah and Robert Farah. Despite the disappointment, it was a positive week for Murray and Soares, who won consecutive matches for the first time since early March. Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova's impressive run ended in the semi-finals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat to world No 1 Simona Halep.
With fears growing that this year's French Open could turn into a procession, Novak Djokovic issued a warning on Saturday that Rafael Nadal may not have things all his own way in Paris. Djokovic was ultimately outlasted in a pulsating Italian Open semi-final 7-6, 6-3, but after two years of struggle - and more than 12 months since he had faced a member of the "Big Four" - he at last looked like rediscovering his best form in what was a 51st meeting against his old rival Nadal. During a bruising first set that lasted 73 minutes Djokovic fired winners off both wings that drew gasps from the Foro Italico crowd as even Nadal was made to look pedestrian at times by his opponent's swiftness around the court. The problem for Djokovic was that his high level irritated a snarling Nadal into playing arguably his best tennis of 2018. After weeks of straightforward victories, the raucous Roman crowd was thrilled by Nadal being forced to produce the sort of ruthless big-hitting that makes him almost unbeatable on this surface. After losing the first set on a tie-break, Djokovic faded in the second as Nadal advanced to Sunday's final against German rising star Alexander Zverev. A win for Nadal would see him reclaim the world No 1 ranking from the absent Roger Federer. Djokovic produced a brilliant performance in the first set Credit: Getty Images Djokovic for his part will drop out of the world's top 20 for the first time since 2006 on Monday, but he will surely clamber back up the rankings ladder with more displays like this. “I can only take positives from this week," said Djokovic, who was playing his first semi-final since June. "I didn't really expect anything coming into this tournament, when it comes to results, because I didn't have many great results in the last period. I'm pleased with how I've played [in the] past three days, very pleased. “I don't think that there was too much of a difference [between us], which is great news for me. Rafa is, of course, the best player ever to play tennis on clay-courts and he's in great, great form. It's very difficult to play him on clay anywhere. “I've never faced this kind of situation before. So I thought that it's not going to take me long to get back to winning ways…I [have] had to learn a lesson and accept the circumstances. But, looking back two or three months, this is the best that I've felt on the court, by far." Nadal is a win away from reclaiming the world No 1 spot Credit: AFP Nadal was pleased with his performance, and said the win would give him "good confidence". Elsewhere at the Foro Italico on Saturday, Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares lost their men's doubles semi-final 7-6, 3-6, 10-8 to the Colombian pair Juan Sebastian Farah and Robert Farah. Despite the disappointment, it was a positive week for Murray and Soares, who won consecutive matches for the first time since early March. Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova's impressive run ended in the semi-finals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat to world No 1 Simona Halep.
Novak Djokovic produces best performance of the year but is outlasted by Rafael Nadal in Rome
With fears growing that this year's French Open could turn into a procession, Novak Djokovic issued a warning on Saturday that Rafael Nadal may not have things all his own way in Paris. Djokovic was ultimately outlasted in a pulsating Italian Open semi-final 7-6, 6-3, but after two years of struggle - and more than 12 months since he had faced a member of the "Big Four" - he at last looked like rediscovering his best form in what was a 51st meeting against his old rival Nadal. During a bruising first set that lasted 73 minutes Djokovic fired winners off both wings that drew gasps from the Foro Italico crowd as even Nadal was made to look pedestrian at times by his opponent's swiftness around the court. The problem for Djokovic was that his high level irritated a snarling Nadal into playing arguably his best tennis of 2018. After weeks of straightforward victories, the raucous Roman crowd was thrilled by Nadal being forced to produce the sort of ruthless big-hitting that makes him almost unbeatable on this surface. After losing the first set on a tie-break, Djokovic faded in the second as Nadal advanced to Sunday's final against German rising star Alexander Zverev. A win for Nadal would see him reclaim the world No 1 ranking from the absent Roger Federer. Djokovic produced a brilliant performance in the first set Credit: Getty Images Djokovic for his part will drop out of the world's top 20 for the first time since 2006 on Monday, but he will surely clamber back up the rankings ladder with more displays like this. “I can only take positives from this week," said Djokovic, who was playing his first semi-final since June. "I didn't really expect anything coming into this tournament, when it comes to results, because I didn't have many great results in the last period. I'm pleased with how I've played [in the] past three days, very pleased. “I don't think that there was too much of a difference [between us], which is great news for me. Rafa is, of course, the best player ever to play tennis on clay-courts and he's in great, great form. It's very difficult to play him on clay anywhere. “I've never faced this kind of situation before. So I thought that it's not going to take me long to get back to winning ways…I [have] had to learn a lesson and accept the circumstances. But, looking back two or three months, this is the best that I've felt on the court, by far." Nadal is a win away from reclaiming the world No 1 spot Credit: AFP Nadal was pleased with his performance, and said the win would give him "good confidence". Elsewhere at the Foro Italico on Saturday, Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares lost their men's doubles semi-final 7-6, 3-6, 10-8 to the Colombian pair Juan Sebastian Farah and Robert Farah. Despite the disappointment, it was a positive week for Murray and Soares, who won consecutive matches for the first time since early March. Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova's impressive run ended in the semi-finals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat to world No 1 Simona Halep.
With fears growing that this year's French Open could turn into a procession, Novak Djokovic issued a warning on Saturday that Rafael Nadal may not have things all his own way in Paris. Djokovic was ultimately outlasted in a pulsating Italian Open semi-final 7-6, 6-3, but after two years of struggle - and more than 12 months since he had faced a member of the "Big Four" - he at last looked like rediscovering his best form in what was a 51st meeting against his old rival Nadal. During a bruising first set that lasted 73 minutes Djokovic fired winners off both wings that drew gasps from the Foro Italico crowd as even Nadal was made to look pedestrian at times by his opponent's swiftness around the court. The problem for Djokovic was that his high level irritated a snarling Nadal into playing arguably his best tennis of 2018. After weeks of straightforward victories, the raucous Roman crowd was thrilled by Nadal being forced to produce the sort of ruthless big-hitting that makes him almost unbeatable on this surface. After losing the first set on a tie-break, Djokovic faded in the second as Nadal advanced to Sunday's final against German rising star Alexander Zverev. A win for Nadal would see him reclaim the world No 1 ranking from the absent Roger Federer. Djokovic produced a brilliant performance in the first set Credit: Getty Images Djokovic for his part will drop out of the world's top 20 for the first time since 2006 on Monday, but he will surely clamber back up the rankings ladder with more displays like this. “I can only take positives from this week," said Djokovic, who was playing his first semi-final since June. "I didn't really expect anything coming into this tournament, when it comes to results, because I didn't have many great results in the last period. I'm pleased with how I've played [in the] past three days, very pleased. “I don't think that there was too much of a difference [between us], which is great news for me. Rafa is, of course, the best player ever to play tennis on clay-courts and he's in great, great form. It's very difficult to play him on clay anywhere. “I've never faced this kind of situation before. So I thought that it's not going to take me long to get back to winning ways…I [have] had to learn a lesson and accept the circumstances. But, looking back two or three months, this is the best that I've felt on the court, by far." Nadal is a win away from reclaiming the world No 1 spot Credit: AFP Nadal was pleased with his performance, and said the win would give him "good confidence". Elsewhere at the Foro Italico on Saturday, Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares lost their men's doubles semi-final 7-6, 3-6, 10-8 to the Colombian pair Juan Sebastian Farah and Robert Farah. Despite the disappointment, it was a positive week for Murray and Soares, who won consecutive matches for the first time since early March. Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova's impressive run ended in the semi-finals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat to world No 1 Simona Halep.
Novak Djokovic produces best performance of the year but is outlasted by Rafael Nadal in Rome
With fears growing that this year's French Open could turn into a procession, Novak Djokovic issued a warning on Saturday that Rafael Nadal may not have things all his own way in Paris. Djokovic was ultimately outlasted in a pulsating Italian Open semi-final 7-6, 6-3, but after two years of struggle - and more than 12 months since he had faced a member of the "Big Four" - he at last looked like rediscovering his best form in what was a 51st meeting against his old rival Nadal. During a bruising first set that lasted 73 minutes Djokovic fired winners off both wings that drew gasps from the Foro Italico crowd as even Nadal was made to look pedestrian at times by his opponent's swiftness around the court. The problem for Djokovic was that his high level irritated a snarling Nadal into playing arguably his best tennis of 2018. After weeks of straightforward victories, the raucous Roman crowd was thrilled by Nadal being forced to produce the sort of ruthless big-hitting that makes him almost unbeatable on this surface. After losing the first set on a tie-break, Djokovic faded in the second as Nadal advanced to Sunday's final against German rising star Alexander Zverev. A win for Nadal would see him reclaim the world No 1 ranking from the absent Roger Federer. Djokovic produced a brilliant performance in the first set Credit: Getty Images Djokovic for his part will drop out of the world's top 20 for the first time since 2006 on Monday, but he will surely clamber back up the rankings ladder with more displays like this. “I can only take positives from this week," said Djokovic, who was playing his first semi-final since June. "I didn't really expect anything coming into this tournament, when it comes to results, because I didn't have many great results in the last period. I'm pleased with how I've played [in the] past three days, very pleased. “I don't think that there was too much of a difference [between us], which is great news for me. Rafa is, of course, the best player ever to play tennis on clay-courts and he's in great, great form. It's very difficult to play him on clay anywhere. “I've never faced this kind of situation before. So I thought that it's not going to take me long to get back to winning ways…I [have] had to learn a lesson and accept the circumstances. But, looking back two or three months, this is the best that I've felt on the court, by far." Nadal is a win away from reclaiming the world No 1 spot Credit: AFP Nadal was pleased with his performance, and said the win would give him "good confidence". Elsewhere at the Foro Italico on Saturday, Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares lost their men's doubles semi-final 7-6, 3-6, 10-8 to the Colombian pair Juan Sebastian Farah and Robert Farah. Despite the disappointment, it was a positive week for Murray and Soares, who won consecutive matches for the first time since early March. Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova's impressive run ended in the semi-finals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat to world No 1 Simona Halep.
With fears growing that this year's French Open could turn into a procession, Novak Djokovic issued a warning on Saturday that Rafael Nadal may not have things all his own way in Paris. Djokovic was ultimately outlasted in a pulsating Italian Open semi-final 7-6, 6-3, but after two years of struggle - and more than 12 months since he had faced a member of the "Big Four" - he at last looked like rediscovering his best form in what was a 51st meeting against his old rival Nadal. During a bruising first set that lasted 73 minutes Djokovic fired winners off both wings that drew gasps from the Foro Italico crowd as even Nadal was made to look pedestrian at times by his opponent's swiftness around the court. The problem for Djokovic was that his high level irritated a snarling Nadal into playing arguably his best tennis of 2018. After weeks of straightforward victories, the raucous Roman crowd was thrilled by Nadal being forced to produce the sort of ruthless big-hitting that makes him almost unbeatable on this surface. After losing the first set on a tie-break, Djokovic faded in the second as Nadal advanced to Sunday's final against German rising star Alexander Zverev. A win for Nadal would see him reclaim the world No 1 ranking from the absent Roger Federer. Djokovic produced a brilliant performance in the first set Credit: Getty Images Djokovic for his part will drop out of the world's top 20 for the first time since 2006 on Monday, but he will surely clamber back up the rankings ladder with more displays like this. “I can only take positives from this week," said Djokovic, who was playing his first semi-final since June. "I didn't really expect anything coming into this tournament, when it comes to results, because I didn't have many great results in the last period. I'm pleased with how I've played [in the] past three days, very pleased. “I don't think that there was too much of a difference [between us], which is great news for me. Rafa is, of course, the best player ever to play tennis on clay-courts and he's in great, great form. It's very difficult to play him on clay anywhere. “I've never faced this kind of situation before. So I thought that it's not going to take me long to get back to winning ways…I [have] had to learn a lesson and accept the circumstances. But, looking back two or three months, this is the best that I've felt on the court, by far." Nadal is a win away from reclaiming the world No 1 spot Credit: AFP Nadal was pleased with his performance, and said the win would give him "good confidence". Elsewhere at the Foro Italico on Saturday, Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares lost their men's doubles semi-final 7-6, 3-6, 10-8 to the Colombian pair Juan Sebastian Farah and Robert Farah. Despite the disappointment, it was a positive week for Murray and Soares, who won consecutive matches for the first time since early March. Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova's impressive run ended in the semi-finals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat to world No 1 Simona Halep.
Novak Djokovic produces best performance of the year but is outlasted by Rafael Nadal in Rome
With fears growing that this year's French Open could turn into a procession, Novak Djokovic issued a warning on Saturday that Rafael Nadal may not have things all his own way in Paris. Djokovic was ultimately outlasted in a pulsating Italian Open semi-final 7-6, 6-3, but after two years of struggle - and more than 12 months since he had faced a member of the "Big Four" - he at last looked like rediscovering his best form in what was a 51st meeting against his old rival Nadal. During a bruising first set that lasted 73 minutes Djokovic fired winners off both wings that drew gasps from the Foro Italico crowd as even Nadal was made to look pedestrian at times by his opponent's swiftness around the court. The problem for Djokovic was that his high level irritated a snarling Nadal into playing arguably his best tennis of 2018. After weeks of straightforward victories, the raucous Roman crowd was thrilled by Nadal being forced to produce the sort of ruthless big-hitting that makes him almost unbeatable on this surface. After losing the first set on a tie-break, Djokovic faded in the second as Nadal advanced to Sunday's final against German rising star Alexander Zverev. A win for Nadal would see him reclaim the world No 1 ranking from the absent Roger Federer. Djokovic produced a brilliant performance in the first set Credit: Getty Images Djokovic for his part will drop out of the world's top 20 for the first time since 2006 on Monday, but he will surely clamber back up the rankings ladder with more displays like this. “I can only take positives from this week," said Djokovic, who was playing his first semi-final since June. "I didn't really expect anything coming into this tournament, when it comes to results, because I didn't have many great results in the last period. I'm pleased with how I've played [in the] past three days, very pleased. “I don't think that there was too much of a difference [between us], which is great news for me. Rafa is, of course, the best player ever to play tennis on clay-courts and he's in great, great form. It's very difficult to play him on clay anywhere. “I've never faced this kind of situation before. So I thought that it's not going to take me long to get back to winning ways…I [have] had to learn a lesson and accept the circumstances. But, looking back two or three months, this is the best that I've felt on the court, by far." Nadal is a win away from reclaiming the world No 1 spot Credit: AFP Nadal was pleased with his performance, and said the win would give him "good confidence". Elsewhere at the Foro Italico on Saturday, Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares lost their men's doubles semi-final 7-6, 3-6, 10-8 to the Colombian pair Juan Sebastian Farah and Robert Farah. Despite the disappointment, it was a positive week for Murray and Soares, who won consecutive matches for the first time since early March. Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova's impressive run ended in the semi-finals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat to world No 1 Simona Halep.

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