Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Nadal powers into Italian Open third round

Nadal powers into Italian Open third round

Meanwhile, clay king Nadal was relieved to be back winning as he builds toward the French Open, racing to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.

Rafa next faces the 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov, who recently became the Canadian No. 1. However, Madrid finalist, Dominic Thiem was sent packing by Italy's Fabio Fognini in three sets 6/4, 1/6, 6/3. Another break and hold placed Nadal in unassailable 4-0 lead.In the fifth game, Nadal led 40-15, but Dzumhur saved two game points to reach deuce.

But the 37-year-old had to save a match point before seeing off Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 and will next face Anett Kontaveit. The Austrian world number five fought back and took the second set 6/1. His victory against Thiem was like a revenge match as it reduced the gap in the number of victories between the two players (4 wins for the Austrian player against 2 for the German player).

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.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas rallied to beat eighth-seeded John Isner in three tie-breaks 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-5).

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Bulgarian third seed Grigor Dimitrov also suffered an early exit, going out to Japan's Kei Nishikori after a marathon 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 6-4 battle. With AP Photos.Fabio Fognini got the Foro Italico crowd fired up with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem in the second round of the Italian Open.

Venus Williams, who won the Rome title back in 1999 and is bidding for her 50th career title this week, got her first win on clay this season.

At 5-5 in the third, Pliskova got engaged in a lengthy argument after she had an overhead smash called out. On the next point, Sakkari converted a break then served it out.

World No 5 Karolina Pliskova was eliminated by Maria Sakkari in controversial circumstances, prompting the Czech to react by smashing her racket against the umpire's chair at the end of the match. Croatia's Marin Cilic, the No. 4 seed, rallied past American Ryan Harrison 6-7 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (1) while fifth-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro ousted Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-3.

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