Djokovic into Rome Masters final after crushing Thiem

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Novak Djokovic overcame having to play twice in a day and romped into the Rome Masters final with a 6-1 6-0 drubbing of Dominic Thiem. The Serb will play German rising star Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s showpiece, Deutsche Welle reported.

DW added that Djokovic, the four-time champion, was forced to finish his quarterfinal over Juan Martin del Potro earlier in the day after their match was rained off late on Friday.

But the setback seemed only to inspire the 30-year-old second seed, as he set up what is expected to be a mouthwatering final, and first meeting, with Zverev, DW said.

“It was my best performance of the year,” said Djokovic after his 59-minute win over Thiem, who had stunned clay king Rafa Nadal in the quarterfinals, according to DW.

Zverev earlier won a battle of the giants to down unseeded American John Isner 6-4 6-7(5) 6-1 to reach his debut Masters final, DW added.

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