Djokovic wins twice, re­turns to Rome fi­nal

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS -

No­vak Djokovic won twice Satur­day to play for an­other Ital­ian Open ti­tle in Rome.

Djokovic, the four-time cham­pion, will play Alexan­der Zverev, the youngest Mas­ters Se­ries fi­nal­ist at 20 since Djokovic won Mi­ami a decade ago at 19.

Djokovic closed out Juan Martin del Potro, 6-1, 6-4, in their quar­ter­fi­nal sus­pended overnight be­cause of rain. Then he dis­patched Do­minic Thiem, 6-1, 6-0, in the semi­fi­nals about seven hours later.

Zverev beat Amer­i­can vet­eran John Is­ner, 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-1.

On the women’s side, Si­mona Halep ad­vanced to the fi­nal by beat­ing Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, 7-5, 6-1.

Halep will face Elina Svi­tolina for the tro­phy af­ter Gar­bine Mugu­ruza re­tired in the first set be­cause of a neck in­jury.


In In­di­anapo­lis, Shenise John­son scored eight of her 13 points in the fourth quar­ter, in­clud­ing a go-ahead jumper with 46 sec­onds re­main­ing, and the In­di­ana Fever ral­lied to beat the Con­necti­cut Sun, 81-79, on Satur­day night in WNBA play.

Candice Dupree led In­di­ana with 19 points.

Jon­quel Jones had 19 points for the Sun . . . .

Nneka Og­wu­mike scored 23 points, rookie Syd­ney Wiese added 22 — in­clud­ing six three­p­oint­ers — and the Los An­ge­les Sparks beat the vis­it­ing Wash­ing­ton Mys­tics, 99-89, on Fri­day night.

Elena Delle Donne fin­ished with 27 points for Wash­ing­ton, and Tayler Hill added 20. Kristi To­liver scored 15 points in her re­turn to Los An­ge­les, where she spent seven sea­sons.

COL­LEGE LACROSSE Ohio State se­nior at­tack­man

Eric Fan­nell scored five goals and added two as­sists to lead the No. 3 Buck­eyes to a 16-11 win over sixth-seeded Duke in the NCAA men’s quar­ter­fi­nals in Hemp­stead, N.Y. Ohio State is to 15-4. Jack Bruck­ner scored three goals for the Blue Dev­ils (13-5). Also in Hemp­stead, Austin French scored four goals and

Ethan Walker and Tyler Pace added three apiece to spark Den­ver (13-3) to a 16-4 rout of Notre Dame (9-6). PRO FOOT­BALL

Joe Hills caught a three-yard pass with three sec­onds re­main­ing as the Tampa Bay Storm de­feated the vis­it­ing Wash­ing­ton Valor, 53-47, in an Arena Foot­ball League game.

It was Hills’s third score of the game, and he ended with 11 catches for 122 yards for the Storm (5-1).

Erik Meyer com­pleted 21 of 35 passes for 269 yards and five touch­downs with one in­ter­cep­tion for Wash­ing­ton be­fore tak­ing a hard hit at 6:40 of the fourth quar­ter. He was re­placed by Bernard Mor­ris, who com­pleted all four of his passes for 55 yards and a touch­downs.

Roger Jack­son caught nine passes for 137 yards and two touch­downs for the Valor (1-4). HOCKEY

Ana­heim Ducks cap­tain Ryan Get­zlaf was fined $10,000 for ap­par­ently us­ing a ho­mo­pho­bic slur dur­ing Game 4 of the Stan­ley Cup play­offs’ West­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nals.

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