Nadal cruises into Italian Open third round, Thiem exit

Nadal cruises into Italian Open third round, Thiem exit

Nadal cruises into Italian Open third round, Thiem exit

"I only had one day to prepare but I adjusted well".

Sixth seed Thiem crashed out just a week after inflicting a first clay-court defeat on Nadal in over a year in Madrid which cost the Spaniard the world number one ranking.The 24-year-old destroyed his racket in fury as he suffered his first defeat to Italian Fabio Fognini in three meetings, sinking 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 at the Foro Italico.

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. On the next point, Sakkari converted a break then served it out.

Berrettini turned on his right ankle at 1-2 in the second set and looked in difficulty, allowing Zverev to push through.

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Rounding out the day's action, 10th-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta bested American Steve Johnson 6-4, 2-6, 6-4; Frenchman Benoit Paire upset 14th-seeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 and Great Britain's Kyle Edmund defeated 16th-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6 (3).

Rafael Nadal powered his way into the third round of the ATP Italian Open on Wednesday with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Bosnian Damir Dzumhur. "And that's what I did today", said Nadal, who is targeting an eighth Rome title and first since 2013.

Four-time champion Novak Djokovic also advanced, beating Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2.

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.

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Get prep sports breaking news alerts from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. "I'm more relaxed than in Madrid", said Halep. Nadal, who recorded his 20th straight clay-court match win besides also improving his consecutive sets won on clay streak to 48, is bidding to snap John McEnroe's 49-set winning streak on the carpet in 1984. 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.

Quarter-final appearances in the Rio Open, Mexican Open, the Monte Carlo Open AND the Barcelona Open in the opening months of the season has kept Thiem at a consistent eighth place in the world rankings, but a slight drop from his previous peak position of number four in November 2017.

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.

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