They both had early matches on Saturday – in Djokovic’s case, the dramatic turnaround and conclusion of his quarterfinal clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas.
For Sonego, after an emotion late-night win over Dominic Thiem Thursday night, another upset win, this time over No. 7 seed Andrey Rublev.
So as the two return to the court for a second time Saturday, the world No. 1 and five-time champion Djokovic is a huge favorite in a match that will feature the usually pro-Djoko Rome crowd squarely on the side of their homeboy.
Does Sonego have a chance in the Rome semifinals – in the biggest match of his career?
Here’s our preview for SBD.