Published: Fri, May 18, 2018

Nadal Dispatches Dzumhur To Advance In Rome

Nadal Dispatches Dzumhur To Advance In Rome

After a surprise summer loss previous year to Denis Shapovalov, Rafael Nadal gained revenge on his surface, slamming the Canadian 6-4, 6-1 to reach the Rome Masters quarterfinals.

"I played very well today", said Thiem. So, you know, it's credit to him.

The Canadian Shapovalov was stretched to three sets in his opening two matches, against 15th-seeded Tomas Berdych and Robin Haase, and reached the semi-finals of last week's Madrid Open.

"It was a positive match, of course", said Nadal, as quoted by the Express.

Number one seed Simona Halep of Romania made it through to the quarter-finals before a ball was struck as her opponent, Madison Keys of the U.S., had to retire hurt before she took to the court. I also had control, more or less, of a high percentage of the points.

"I hope I can get some good matches". And then the match changed...

"We're finally connecting and I think that's the most handsome thing", Fognini said of the crowd, which whistled him off the court following an erratic performance a few years ago.

The top Italian player came out wearing a black shirt with a red lightning bolt design down his chest and he was energized from the start, grazing the flower beds lining the court to return Thiem's heavily angled shots and frustrating the Austrian with well-placed lobs and touch volleys.

Another former champion also advanced as Novak Djokovic got past Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-1, 7-5 to reach his first quarterfinal of the year.

Djokovic, a four-time victor, is on the comeback trail three months after elbow surgery and eased past Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2.

The 16-time Grand Slam victor next takes on either Canadian Denis Shapovalov, 19, or Robin Haase of the Netherlands. "I've historically always played well in Rome, and I feel like each match is getting better".

For Zverev it was an 11th consecutive win after back-to-back title runs at Munich and Madrid.

Croatia's Marin Cilic, the No. 4 seed, rallied past American Ryan Harrison 6-7 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (1) while fifth-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro ousted Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-3.

He has another chance to regain the top spot this week and will replace Roger Federer at No.1 if he wins an eighth Rome title.

Previous year in Rome, Halep rolled her ankle in the final and lost a lead and the championship to Elina Svitolina.

Wozniacki faces 15th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in a late match.

Venus Williams fell to her second defeat in a week to Estonia's Anett Kontaveit losing in the third round match in straight sets in 1hr 19min.

The victor will play Anett Kontaveit, who ousted 1999 victor Venus Williams 6-2, 7-6.

Cilic faces 10th seed Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-7 (7-3) 6-2.

Wozniacki beat Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-4.

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