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Djokovic made to work before reaching Italian Open semi-finals

Top men's seed Novak Djokovic dropped a set before fighting off German qualifier Dominik Koepfer to reach the semi-finals of the Italian Open on Saturday.

Djokovic made to work before reaching Italian Open semi-finals
Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a forehand to Germany's Dominik Koepfer during their quarter final match of the Men's Italian Open at Foro Italico on September 19, 2020 in Rome, Italy. AFP
The world number one needed more than two hours to see of the 97th-ranked German 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the final warm-up tournament on clay before the French Open.

Two weeks after his US Open default for accidently hitting a line judge with ball, the Serb again showed signs of frustration, throwing his racket after a lost service game, with shouts of anger resounding in the silence of the empty Central Court of Foro Italico. 

Djokovic was broken four times in a match which took more than two hours before advancing to his 15th consecutive semi-final in Rome, where he has won four times.

The 33-year-old next plays Norway's Casper Ruud who earlier battled past Italian fourth seed Matteo Berrettini 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5).

Topics: Novak Djokovic , Dominik Koepfer , Italian Open , Casper Ruud , Matteo Berrettini
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