Djokovic rumbles into Rome semis

Second seed Novak Djokovic eased past Juan Martin Del Potro to reach the semi-finals of the Italian Open on Saturday.

The world number two defeated the Argentine 6-1, 6-4 in a continuation of Friday's weather affected quarter-final on the clay courts of Rome. 

Djokovic seemed to take another step back to being his best, putting on a masterclass of returning as he defeated del Potro for the 14th time in his career.

The Serb was broken in the very first service game on Friday, but showed the mark of a champion by rallying back to break the former world number four no less then three times to take the opening set.  

Djokovic was on serve with Del Potro leading the second set 2-1 when the heavens opened up on Friday. When the pair resumed, Djokovic was quick to pounce, holding serve to love then breaking the former US Open winner to take a 4-2 lead, after which he served out the match.

Waiting for the 12-time grand slam winner in the final four is rising star Dominic Thiem, who knocked out Rafael Nadal on Friday.  

The talented Austrian has never beaten Djokovic in four attempts, with the most recent being a two sets to one loss at the ATP World Tour finals in November.