Nadal marches on at Italian Open

Italian Open Nadal Djokovic ease into third round Pliskova smashes racquet on umpire’s chair

Italian Open Nadal Djokovic ease into third round Pliskova smashes racquet on umpire’s chair

Rafael Nadal showed no signs of fatigue as he dismissed Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-0 to advance to the third round of the on-going Rome Open Tennis Championship.

Top seed Nadal recorded his 20th clay-court win of the year while Shapovalov will at least have the consolation of becoming the Canadian number one on Monday. The 31-year-old, who claimed the 11th titles of his career at both Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, took the first set in 34 minutes coasting to victory in just one hour.

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.

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.

Rafael Nadal will look to continue his stellar clay court season against one of the few players with the confidence and the quality to beat him, Fabio Fognini. Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro emerged a 7-5, 6-3 victor over Barcelona runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas and Miami Open champion John Isner was edged 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-7 (5) by Albert Ramos-Vinolas. But with my serve, I didn't lose many points.

Defending champion Alexander Zverev needed eight match points before completing a 7-5, 7-6 (11) win over Kyle Edmund.

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. "I've historically always played well in Rome, and I feel like each match is getting better". "I was surprised when he stopped at 5-4".

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

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

Elsewhere in the men's event, number five seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina exited the tournament as he had to retire hurt from his match against ninth seeded Belgian David Goffin.

Kontaveit, who also beat Williams last week in Madrid, next plays either second seed Wozniacki or Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova for a place in the semi-finals.

Fourth seed Marin Cilic displayed plenty of patience during his 6-3 6-4 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire.

The biggest upset of the day belonged to Japan's Kei Nishikori, who came from behind to upend third-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4.

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