Rafael Nadal eases past Denis Shapovalov, Novak Djokovic back challenging in Rome

Rafael Nadal eases past Denis Shapovalov, Novak Djokovic back challenging in Rome

When Thiem netted a service return two points later to end it, the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army was blasted over the stadium sound system and the crowd began singing along in an atmosphere that more closely resembled a soccer game than a tennis match.

"I didn't feel completely dead out there but I felt like I could've been fresher", Shapovalov said.

While Fognini drop-kicked his racket onto the court after a miss early in the third set, it was Thiem who ultimately lost his cool.

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. "The only thing he needs is a little bit more time". And I was a little bit more relaxed, and I was able to not have more mistake with it, too.' About his quarter-final against Fabio Fognini, Nadal said: 'I'm going to prepare like every day.

"I hope I can get some good matches".

Nadal, who hasn't won the Italian Open since 2013, will next face Fabio Fognini, who beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-4 6-4 to reach his first quarterfinal in 11 appearances at his home tournament.

The Spaniard will face Denis Shapovalov in the third round on Thursday, who got the better of Robin Haase. "That was the way that I want to play".

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Third seed Grigor Dimitrov did not have a birthday to remember as he fell 7-6 (4), 5-7, 4-6 to Kei Nishikori.

Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic defeated Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-4 and will meet Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2. 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.

Second round: Maria Sharapova bt Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2; Venus Williams bt Elena Vesnina 6-2, 4-6, 7-5; Anett Kontaveit bt Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-5; Caroline Wozniacki bt Alison Van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-4; Daria Gavrilova bt Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (6).

Halep plays US Open champion Sloane Stephens or seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia.

Zverev will next play ninth-seeded David Goffin, who was leading 6-2, 4-5 when Juan Martin del Potro retired because of a groin injury.

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. The 11th seed needed just 1 hour 17 minutes to pummel qualifier Nikoloz Bashilashvili 6-4, 6-2.

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