Nadal, Djokovic romp into Rome quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal Eases Past Denis Shapovalov And Into Rome Last Eight

Rafael Nadal Eases Past Denis Shapovalov And Into Rome Last Eight

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.

Interestingly, while Rafa soared high, his last week's conqueror, Thiem slumped to a 4-6, 6-1, 3-6 defeat to Italian veteran Fabio Fognini.

"It was a solid match for me", said Nadal.

"It's true that I had 15-40 and a couple of break points in the first game, 15-40 and a couple of break points in the second return game and I didn't make them".

Maria Sharapova saved two break points in the third set to get past Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. In a match that was preceded with great expectations for an upset, Rafael Nadal nevertheless advanced by dismissing fellow southpaw, Denis Shapovolov of Canada 6/4; 6/1.

"It was important, after a loss in Madrid, to come back strong, and that's what I did today", said Nadal following his demolition of Dzumhur.

The four-time Rome champion is making his way back this year after a six-month injury absence before the Australian Open, which was followed by elbow surgery. "I've historically always played well in Rome, and I feel like each match is getting better".

Defending champion Alexander Zverev scraped past Britain's Kyle Edmund 7-5 7-6 (11) after squandering seven match points, and claimed an 11th consecutive victory that set up a quarter-final clash with ninth seed David Goffin.

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He will now square off with 19-year-old Canadian Shapovalov for a place in quarter-finals.

Belgian Goffin was leading 6-2 4-5 against fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro when the Argentine was forced to retire with what appeared to be a groin injury that throws his participation at the French Open into doubt.

To stay in top spot, Halep needs to progress further than No 2 Caroline Wozniacki, who was facing 15th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in a late match.

Like Nadal, 11th-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic was also in top form Wednesday, besting Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2 in 77 minutes.

Venus Williams crashed out in a third round defeat by Estonia's Anett Kontaveit, 6/2; 7/6 (3) at the on-going Rome Open Tennis Championship.

Kontaveit, 22, 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 in 1999.

Williams had earlier opened her campaign by brushing aside Russia's Elena Vesnina 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in their last-32 clash.

Nadal is also attempting to regain the top spot this week.

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