Italian Open 2020: Novak Djokovic beats Diego Schwartzman to clinch title 15 days after US Open default
Djokovic beat Diego Schwartzman to win his fifth Italian Open title and re-assert his dominance before the French Open starts in six days.
Exactly two weeks after he was defaulted from the US Open, and a day after he was warned by the chair umpire for breaking his racket, Djokovic received an obscenity warning midway through a win over Casper Ruud.
Halep, who lost to Elina Svitolina in the 2017 and 2018 finals, will face either Karolína Plíšková or Markéta Vondroušová in Monday's championship match.
Italian Open 2020: Rafael Nadal crashes out after defeat to Diego Schwartzman; Novak Djokovic battles through to semi-finals
Eight-seeded Schwartzman meted out a punishing 6-2, 7-5 loss in Nadal's final warm-up before his bid for a 13th French Open, and record-equalling 20th Grand Slam in just over a week.
Italian Open 2020: Novak Djokovic loses his cool again weeks after US Open default; Simona Halep in semis
When Djokovic was broken at love to even the second set at 3-3, he slammed his racket to the red clay in anger. With the frame broken and the strings all mangled, Djokovic received a warning from the chair umpire.
Halep was ahead 6-2, 2-0 when Putintseva decided she was in too much pain to continue - having already taken an off-court medical timeout between sets.
Italian Open 2020: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal enter quarter-final; Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova also through to last eight
Nadal proved too strong for 25th-ranked Lajovic, who had valiantly but vainly launched a fightback after trailing 4-0 in the second set to the Spaniard.
Italian Open 2020: French star Gael Monfils subjected to barrage of online racist abuse after second-round exit
Often Monfils, 35, responds to frequent abuse directed at him and his family with emojis of black hands.
Italian Open 2020: Simona Halep extends winning streak to 11 matches; Novak Djokovic beats Filip Krajinovic
Halep, who is actually on an 11-0 run overall stretching back to February, recovered an early break in the opening set and then overpowered her 29th-ranked opponent the rest of the way.
The Italian Open tournament, which features nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and top-ranked Novak Djokovic, has so far been played without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Italian Open 2020: After US Open run, Shapovalov piling up wins in Rome, Azarenka double bagels Kenin
After spending more than 22 hours on court over the previous two weeks at the US Open, where he reached the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles, Shapovalov is still going strong after crossing the Atlantic.
Italian Open 2020: 'Looked forward to playing after what happened' Novak Djokovic behaves better in first match since US Open default
Novak Djokovic was mostly courteous with the chair umpire and had no interaction with the line judges during a 6-3, 6-2 win over local wild-card entry Salvatore Caruso in his opening match at the Italian Open.
Italian Open 2020: Novak Djokovic eases past Italian Salvatore Caruso in straight sets to reach third round
Djokovic will next play either fellow Serb Filip Krajinovic or Italian qualifier Marco Cecchinato for a place in the quarter-finals.
Italian Open 2020: Fuming Paire shows little effort in opening-round loss; Nishikori earns first win for year
Kei Nishikori — who is returning from right elbow surgery and missed the US Open after testing positive for COVID-19 — won for the first time in more than a year, beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 7-6 (3).
“I’m working mentally and emotionally as hard as I am working physically," Djokovic said on Monday at the Italian Open. "I’m trying to be the best version of myself on the court and off the court."
Italian Open 2020: Injured Serena Williams withdraws; US Open finalists Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev also pull out
Four-time champion Serena Williams withdrew from the upcoming Italian Open citing the Achilles issue that bothered her in a loss to Victoria Azarenka in the US Open semi-final
Because of concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, Nadal preferred not to travel to New York for the ongoing US Open. He last played in February, when he won a tournament in Acapulco.