Novak Djokovic fought off a tenacious Italian opponent and the partisan Rome crowd to reach the Internazionali d'Italia men's final.
Having sat a set and a break down heading into the resumption, Novak Djokovic demonstrated all his fighting qualities to recover in Rome.
Roger Federer has mixed feelings about the Olympic Games happening in Tokyo this year, while Japan remains deeply affected by the pandemic.
Reigning Internazionali BNL d'Italia champion Novak Djokovic has work to do when his quarter-final with Stefanos Tsitsipas resumes.
The majority of the big names advanced in Rome on Thursday, but Rafael Nadal almost suffered another clay-court defeat.
World number one Novak Djokovic was a cut above Alejandro Davidovich Fokina as he sealed his place in the last eight at the Foro Italico.
Daniil Medvedev saw his woe on clay continue as he was beaten by fellow Russian Aslan Karatsev, but Rafael Nadal is safely through.
World number one Novak Djokovic was broken twice in the second set, but Taylor Fritz could not take the top seed the distance in Rome.
After practicing with Novak Djokovic in Rome on Sunday, Andy Murray is a late addition to the doubles draw along with Liam Broady.
Taylor Fritz progressed to a meeting with world number one Novak Djokovic in Rome, while Rafael Nadal will face Jannik Sinner.