Rafael Nadal stayed on course for a seventh title in the Italian capital thanks to a stunning semi-final victory against Tomas Berdych.
Andy Murray intends to wait until the middle of the coming week before making a final decision on whether to play in the French Open.
Serena Williams will be gunning for her fourth successive title when she takes on Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Italian Open on Sunday.
Rafael Nadal remained on course for a seventh ATP Rome Masters title after triumphing against compatriot David Ferrer once again, 6-4 4-6 6-2.
Tomas Berdych fought back from 6-2 5-2 down to stun world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open.
World No 2 Maria Sharapova has blamed "physical problems" after she was forced to pull out of the Rome Open.
Tomas Berdych beat world number one Novak Djokovic in three sets on Friday to reach the Italian Open semi-final.
World number one Serena Williams beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-0 to book a semi-final place at the Italian Open and extend her career-best winning streak to 22 matches.
Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Italian Open in Rome due to illness ahead of her scheduled semi-final meeting with Sara Errani.
Roger Federer eased into the quarter-finals of the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome after a straight-sets victory over Gilles Simon.
Serena Williams made it 21 wins on the bounce with an easy victory over Dominika Cibulkova to reach the quarter-finals of the WTA Italian Open.
Six-time ATP Rome Masters champion Rafael Nadal was given a fright by Ernests Gulbis before coming through an epic three set encounter, 1-6 7-5 6-4.
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