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Djokovic and Nadal sail into third round in Rome

Dominic Thiem serves against Fabio Fognini during Rome's ATP Tennis Open tournament at the Foro Italico Nadal in quarterfinals
Bennie Garza | 17 May, 2018, 12:26

Top seed Rafael Nadal on Wednesday opened his final pre-French Open event with a 6-1 6-0 win over Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur to reach the Italian Open third round in Rome.

The Spaniard will reclaim the number one spot from Roger Federer should he win the title. At the age of 21, Zverev together with Rafael Nadal who is world No. 2, are a strong double act in the Richard Mille family. "It was one of those helpless feelings", conceded 20-year-old Osaka who could be heard saying "I want to cry" courtside.

Shapovalov, on the other hand, produced a spirited performance as he bounced back from a set down to clinch a 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 6-3 win over Dutch veteran Robin Haase and stormed into the round-of-16.

Four-time victor Novak Djokovic showed that he is gaining in confidence with every match.

In the decider, a single break of serve in the seventh game gave Fognini the opportunity and he held to his two serves to win 6/3.Kei Nishikori denied Grigor Dimitrov a 27th birthday win to reach the Internazionali BNL d'Italia third round on Wednesday, defeating the World No. 4 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4.

"I beat a top clay-courter", Fognini added. The Austrian was stunned at the Foro Italico by Fabio Fognini, losing 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to the Italian.

"For some reason, I couldn't get a ball in the court after that, on my backhand side", Osaka said. "I'm more relaxed than in Madrid", said 26-year-old Halep. The Romanian will next play 13th-seeded American Madison Keys, who battled past Croatian Donna Vekic 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/0) for a place in the quarter-finals. France's Caroline Garcia, a semi-finalist in Madrid last week, also eased into the third round past Hungary's Timea Babos 6-3, 6-4. Djokovic, a four-time victor at Rome, had five aces in the match and will next face Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who rallied past eighth-seeded American John Isner 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5) in two hours, 53 minutes.

On Tuesday night, Defending champion Elina Svitolina eased into the third round as three-time victor Maria Sharapova needed a marathon three sets to get past Australian Ashleigh Barty.

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

Fifth seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia advanced to the third round past China's Zhang Shuai 6-2, 7-5. The 11th seed needed just 1 hour 17 minutes to pummel qualifier Nikoloz Bashilashvili 6-4, 6-2.

Following a shot that Thiem sent far and wide past Fognini's baseline, the former was so incensed that he swung his racquet to the ground, and clearly one swing wasn't enough as he continued to destroy it on the clay.

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