Another comeback takes Jabeur to the final in Rome | tennis news

ROM: Ons Jabeur meets Iga Swiatek in the Italian Open final after beating Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 in Saturday’s thrilling round of 16 final.
Tunisia’s Jabeur became the first Arab or African player to claim a WTA 1000 title with her impressive win in Madrid and now she has a chance to make more history after another glorious comeback victory on Center Court in Rome against Swiatek to write.
After winning the first set in fairly comfortable fashion, world number seven Jabeur was thrown from pillar to pillar by unseeded Russian Kasatkina.
After leveling the match, Kasatkina then looked like a sure winner, having a match point on her own serve in game 10 of the third set.
However, Jabeur salvaged the point and won that game and the next two to secure her place in the finals alongside Swiatek, who appeared in unstoppable form as she defeated Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
The win was similar to her quarter-final win over Maria Sakkari, where after coming from behind and going 5-2 down in the second, she came back to reach the semi-finals.
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“I keep surprising myself that I can always do better,” Swiatek told reporters.
“I feel like now I can actually believe the sky is the limit. That’s the fun part.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the men’s final after beating Alexander Zverev 4-6 6-3 6-3 in an entertaining round of 16 clash in Rome.
Monte Carlo Masters champion Tsitsipas impressed on a scalding hot center court at the Foro Italico, continuing his dominance over two-time ATP Finals champion Zverev to reach his first final in the Italian capital.
“The heat wasn’t easy, it was pretty rough out here,” said Tsitsipas after the game.
“There is a lot of history in these places and you are very proud that you have found your way here and can be a part of such a historic event.”
Saturday’s clash marked the third semi-final between the two in a month after sharing the honors in Monte Carlo and Madrid.
Tsitsipas came into the match after winning seven of the pair’s 11 matches and with a 3-1 record on clay against Zverev, and he fought back after one set to earn his spot in the final and a likely showdown with Novak Djokovic to back up.
“To be honest, I got a bit tired,” Zverev told reporters.
“I played the final in Madrid. Played long games here. I mean I’m not a machine. I’m human. It’s normal.”
Top seed Djokovic is chasing a sixth title in Rome later this month ahead of Roland Garros and meets Casper Ruud later on Saturday.
He secured a record-breaking 370th week as world number one with his straight-set win over Felix Auger-Aliassime on Friday night.
Should Djokovic come through, it would be a repeat of the final he and Tsitsipas played at last year’s French Open, a five-set thriller eventually won by the Serb.

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