Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic: Italian Open semi-final – live!

First set: Nadal 2-2 Djokovic* (*denotes server): Djokovic’s looping forehand plays into Nadal’s hands, but his survival instincts are enough to eke into a 0-30 lead. His delightful backhand drop shot wraps up the game with a degree of swagger. That was simply exquisite. Level-pegging.

First set: Nadal* 2-1 Djokovic (*denotes server): Nadal’s father, Sebastian, and uncle, Miguel Angel, the former Barcelona footballer, both approve of two marvellous recovery shots, as the Spaniard grinds through the gears to 40-0. A double fault proves only a minor blip as Nadal takes the third game, with his next serve too much for Djokovic. The Serb looks a little startled, though it’s still early days of course.

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