Canada's Denis Shapovalov will face Rafael Nadal at Italian Open

Canada's Denis Shapovalov will face Rafael Nadal at Italian Open

Canada's Denis Shapovalov will face Rafael Nadal at Italian Open

Fabio Fognini got the Italian Open crowd fired up with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem to reach the third round on Wednesday.

Halep powered her way to a 6-1, 6-0 win in just under an hour on the clay of the Italico Foro to claim her fourth win over 21st-ranked Osaka in five meetings.

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.

Djokovic, a four-time victor, is on the comeback trail three months after elbow surgery and eased past Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2.

Italy's top player came out wearing a black shirt with a red lightning bolt design down his chest and he was energised from the start, grazing the flower beds lining the court to return Thiem's high-bouncing top-spin serves and frustrating the Austrian with well-placed lobs and touch volleys. 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. I can have some more practice days.

For Zverev it was an 11th consecutive win after back-to-back title runs at Munich and Madrid.

A break to love gave the 16-time major victor an early advantage in the second and he battled from 0-40 down in game five to add a second, a gap that proved insurmountable for an increasingly frustrated Shapovalov.

Defending champion Alexander Zverev beat Italian wild-card entry Matteo Berrettini 7-5, 6-2. "I feel like she's the No. 1 player in the world and she's great on clay".

Doubles: Pre-quarterfinals: Pablo Cuevas & Marcel Granollers bt Edouard Roger-Vasselin & Rohan Bopanna 7-5, 6-4.

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

Dane Wozniacki was given a scare by Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova before closing out the match 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

The Romanian, a finalist in Rome past year, is on her way to holding on to top spot as she next plays France's Caroline Garcia who dumped out US Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-1, 7-6 (9/7). He then stunned Madrid finalist Dominic Thiem, surviving a mid-match resurgence from the Austrian to advance a 6-4 1-6 6-3 victor.

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.

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