Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Zverev, Nadal in quarters

Zverev, Nadal in quarters

Shapovalov is 7-4 on clay this year, including a run to the semifinals at Madrid. I mean, to play Fognini the first round, it's really tough.

The world No 2 was expected to brush the 19-year-old aside easily and immediately piled on the pressure, forcing three break point opportunities in the first game of the match. Shapovalov reasserted himself late and dictating the pace of the tiebreak. The Austrian world number five fought back and took the second set 6/1. Haase didn't help his cause with three double-faults in the final set.

Rafael Nadal avoided another shock loss against Denis Shapovalov as he triumphed 6-4 6-1 in their third-round match at the Internazionali d'Italia.

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

After big wins in this event against talented Frenchman Gael Monfils and now young superstar Dominic Thiem, Fognini may finally be fulfilling the clear talent he has without letting his emotions get to him on the court.

Next for Novak will be Kei Nishikori who he just beat in the opening round at Madrid last week.

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

Defending champion Alexander Zverev of Germany kept his title defence on track but needed eight match points to see off Briton Kyle Edmund 7-5, 7-6 (13/11).

The 21-year-old will play Belgian David Goffin after the ninth seed advanced when Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro retired while trailing 6-2, 4-5 with a groin injury.

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"I don't know how many mistakes I made, but not many".

However, Shapovalov recovered to hold and saved five more break points in his next service game to keep the set on serve. "They finally understand me". But Fognini then scored back-to-back clay court wins in Rio and Barcelona in 2015. "It was not a comfortable match against a lefty who serves big and goes for his shots".

"But I think in Rome it's a little bit different".

Thiem was already looking ahead to the French Open, which starts on May 27. "He was just simply too good today".

Osaka had every reason to be confident heading into her clash with Halep after beating her 6-3, 6-0 at Indian Wells in March, but on this occasion, she collapsed after a wasteful start.

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

Fognini would upset Thiem, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, earning a thunderous round of applause from the fans in his home country.

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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