WATCH: Brilliant Novak Djokovic highlight reel from Italian Open semi-final win
Novak Djokovic may have gone off the boil slightly after winning the Australian pen this year but, rather typically, he seems to be finding his very best tennis again ahead of the second Grand Slam of the season.
Djokovic will attempt to stop Rafael Nadal at Roland and, if he can win the tournament, he will hold all four Grand Slams at once.
He won the Madrid Masters last week and is looked ominously good as he won this semi final on Saturday to set up a mouth-watering final against Nadal in Rome.
“He came out with the right game plan,” Djokovic said of semi-final opponent Diego Schwartzman after the match.
“He was hitting the ball clean. He was hitting it fast. He was mixing up the pace. It was really hard to read the play.”
It was, however, another match-up with Rafael Nadal who he beat comprehensively in the final of the Australian Open in January, that Djokovic was really excited about.
“He (Nadal) keeps on showing to the world why he’s one of the biggest legends of tennis history,” Djokovic added.
“I have the greatest respect for him. He’s my greatest rival of all time, for sure. Every time we get to play each other, it’s a thrill. It’s the ultimate challenge.”
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