Result: Novak Djokovic eases through to last four at Italian Open

Novak Djokovic in action against Andy Murray in the French Open final on June 5, 2016
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Second seed Novak Djokovic overcomes Juan Martin del Potro in a rain-affected match in Rome to make it through to his eighth Italian Open semi-final.

Novak Djokovic has made it through to the semi-finals of the Italian Open with a straight-sets win over Juan Martin del Potro.

The second seed eased through to the last four in Rome for an eighth time, prevailing 6-1 6-4 in a rain-affected match that spanned across two days.

Djokovic lost serve in the opening game, but he soon got back on track and took six games on the spin to take control of the match.

The only break of the second set arrived in the fifth game, which world number two Djokovic claimed before successfully holding in the remainder.

Djokovic, who fended off four out of five break points, will now face Dominic Thiem - victorious against Rafael Nadal on Friday - for a place in the final.

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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray10,370
2Serbia Novak Djokovic7,445
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,445
4Spain Rafael Nadal5,375
5Switzerland Roger Federer5,035
6Canada Milos Raonic4,360
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,145
8Croatia Marin Cilic3,765
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,560
10Alexander Zverev3,150
11Belgium David Goffin3,055
12Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,900
13France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,870
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,780
15United States Jack Sock2,415
16France Gael Monfils2,365
17Lucas Pouille2,320
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,155
19Australia Nick Kyrgios2,155
20Albert Ramos-Vinolas2,065