In the end, Jupiter , ancient Roman deity of rain, decided there would not be any more chance to play on this Friday of tennis at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. With three quarterfinals still to be played, Saturday program will be full of action.
Iga Swiatek and Elina Svitolina were the only two women left to take the court on the day at the Foro Italico and will be the first ones to play at 11.00am on Campo Pietrangeli. The winner will face Coco Gauff, who advanced to the semifinal despite training 6-4 2-1 to Ashleigh Barty, who was forced to retire due to a right arm injury.
“The pain was becoming too severe, so it was important that I listen to my body”, explained the world number 1: “It’s never nice. It’s the thing that I hate the most is not being able to finish a tennis match”.
This semifinal will be played not before 3.00pm on Campo Centrale, though it might be moved to another court, if the program requires it.
The other women semifinal has already a defined line up: Petra Martic will try to deny Karolina Pliskova a third consecutive final at the Internazionali. The two will play on Campo Centrale not before 12.00pm.
On the men’s side, two matches have not been completed, actually one hasn’t even started. Lorenzo Sonego will be trying to become the first Italian since Filippo Volandri in 2007 to reach the semifinal at the Foro Italico, but Andrey Rublev will not be an easy opponent. The two will play at 11.00am on the Grand Stand Arena.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic will hope that sun will also bring him a less faulty tennis, as he will need to comeback from a set and a break down against Stefanos Tsitsipas. The match will resume on Compo Centrale at 11.00am with the Greek up 6-4 2-1.
The winners of this match will then play for a spot in the final at 6.30pm on Campo Centrale.
Rafael Nadal and Reilly Opelka had no rain interruptions and both needed just two sets to advance to the semifinal, scheduled not before 1.00pm on Campo Centrale.