Overall, Djokovic had 27 unforced errors to 14 for Zverev, who also had 16 winners to the Serb’s 11.
Djokovic’s mini masterpiece, carved out in just 59 minutes against Thiem, was his best performance of a difficult year.
Zverev will climb to a new career high in the rankings at No 14 by reaching the final and would break into the top 10 with the title.
“I didn’t play very well,” added Nadal. “I want to congratulate him because he was better than me this afternoon.”
Dominic Thiem sent Rafael Nadal crashing out of the Rome Masters on Friday.
Maria Sharapova will not request a wildcard for Wimbledon, instead opting to play in qualifying for the Grand Slam she won in 2004.
Fabio Fognini failed to reproduce the sparkling form that did for Andy Murray and blew his top in the second set over a line ...
She is guaranteed a spot in qualifying for Wimbledon, but still hopes to get into the main draw for the Grand Slam with a wildcard.
World number one Angelique Kerber crashed out of the Rome Masters on Wednesday, while Rafael Nadal advanced.
Sharapova’s return from a 15-month ban has split opinion, with some players arguing she is being given special treatment ...
“Normally during matches your opponent might give you a few opportunities with some errors, and obviously you hope to create a few yourself.
Maria Sharapova was surprisingly denied a wildcard into the French Open on Tuesday.
Rafael Nadal has weighed in on Roger Federer's decision to skip Roland Garros and the clay court season this year.
Kevin Anderson has continued his good form as he stormed into the prestigious tournament after his first 2017 semi-final appearance in Estoril.
Roger Federer has pulled out of this month's French Open as he feels he needs to avoid playing on clay this season in order to prolong his career.
Maria Sharapova broke seven times to win her opening match at the Rome Masters on Monday, advancing over American Christina McHale.