Nadal's astounding 50-set winning streak on clay came to an end last week when he lost to Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open, but the two men suffered contrasting fortunes in Rome on Wednesday (May 16).
Defending champion Alexander Zverev continued his excellent form with a 7-5 6-2 win over Matteo Berrettini, his 10th victory in a row. 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. He broke in the 11th game and later served out the set. He will now take on British number one Kyle Edmund, who saved the only break point he faced in a 6-2 7-6 (3) victory over France's Lucas Pouille.
"It was important, after a loss in Madrid, to come back strong", the 31-year-old, who received a bye in the opening round, said.
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.Garcia, the seventh seed, went through with a break in both sets in 1hr 30min and she will next play either American Sloane Stephens or Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.In the men's event, USA eighth seed John Isner fell following a three set battle which included three tiebreaks against Spain's Albert Ramos 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/5).
Four-time champion Novak Djokovic also advanced, beating Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2.
In women's action, Simona Halep routed Naomi Osaka 6-1, 6-0 for the first of two wins she needs this week to hold on to the No. 1 ranking.
The Spaniard will reclaim the number one spot from Roger Federer should he win the title.
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Halep next plays 13th-seeded American Madison Keys, who battled past Croatian Donna Vekic 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/0), for a place in the last eight.
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He had to recover against Haase in the first set of Wednesday's match after giving up a 5-2 lead.
"I played a very good tournament in Madrid".
Nadal will be keen to settle scores with him after suffering a narrow three-set defeat to Shapovalov at the latter's home at the Montreal Masters a year ago.
After the match, Pliskova didn't shake hands with the chair umpire and struck the chair several times with her racquet.