ATP Rome - Schedule: Nadal-Fognini headlines awesome Friday

by Steven Clarke May 19, 2018, 13:08
ATP Rome - Schedule: Nadal-Fognini headlines awesome Friday

"I was anxious so I made a decision to stop the game at the end of the second set to see the doctor and see what they say", Del Potro said.

"It was a positive match, of course", said Nadal, who is chasing an eighth title at Rome.

However, Shapovalov recovered to hold and saved five more break points in his next service game to keep the set on serve.

Nadal took no time at all to hit his stride, cruising as he built an early advantage and then working for his second break, taking the fourth game with a superb return that Dzumhur could only play into the net.

A break to love gave the 16-time major victor an early advantage in the second and he battled from 0-40 down in game five to add a second, a gap that proved insurmountable for an increasingly frustrated Shapovalov.

Denis Shapovalov of Canada in action against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles third round match of the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 17 May 2018. "He probably stopped to serve that big a little bit, and I was a little bit more relaxed".

"At the beginning, I really think that he was serving big".

A strong start for Fognini saw him take the opening set 6-4 before Thiem rallied well in the second as the Italian narrowly avoided a bagel.

Rafael Nadal's quest to regain the world No. 1 ranking began with a flourish on Wednesday when he dominated Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-0 in just 61 minutes at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.

Next up for Ramos-Vinolas is a meeting with Novak Djokovic, who eased past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 6-2.

Fabio Fognini is an eccentric Italian player, both off and on the court.

Zverev won through 7-5, 7-6 (13/11) and will play Belgian David Goffin for a place in the last four.

Cilic will play 10th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-7, 6-2.

Simona Halep boosted her bid to retain her world number one ranking as the top seed advanced to the quarter-finals of the Italian Open after American Madison Keys withdrew injured on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Kontaveit won through 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) against the 37-year-old American who was seeded eighth in a tournament she won almost two decades ago to 1999.

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova was so angry she put a hole in the umpire's chair with her racket instead of shaking hands after losing to Greece's Maria Sakkari.


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