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Alexander Zverev joins Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic in Italian Open third round

17 May 2018, 02:01 | Sandy Nunez

World number two Rafael Nadal


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

After a shock quarter-final defeat to Dominic Thiem at last week's Madrid Masters, Rafael Nadal returning to winning ways in his own inimitable style at the Rome Masters on Wednesday.

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, and that's what I did today", said Nadal following his demolition of Dzumhur.

"We're finally connecting and I think that's the most attractive thing", Fognini said of the crowd, which whistled him off the court following an erratic performance a few years ago.

The 16-time Grand Slam victor next takes on Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov who dug deep in a 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 win over Robin Haase of the Netherlands.

Nadal, who is aiming for an eighth title in the Italian capital, looked in imperious form as he saw off Dzumhur in just 61 minutes.

Manhattan Ends Prosecutions for Marijuana Possession
Hizzoner and the NYPD have taken a torrent of criticism over pot arrests targeting blacks and Latinos - most recently from Rev. De Blasio announced that over the next several months, the NYPD will be working to reform its cannabis enforcement policies.

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

Also on the red clay of the Foro Italico, Kei Nishikori rallied to beat third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4, and Juan Martin del Potro eliminated Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-3.

Austrian Dominic Thiem, last week's Madrid finalist, crashed at the first hurdle at the ATP and WTA Italian Open Tuesday as top women's seed Simona Halep demolished Japan's Naomi Osaka. 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.

World number one Rafael Nadal will continue his quest for sixth Madrid Open title when he squares off with Argentinean tennis star Diego Schwartzman in the last-16 clash of the men's singles event here on Thursday. "I'm more relaxed than in Madrid", said Halep.

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.

Get prep sports breaking news alerts from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. 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.

She could not hide her fury as she went on to lose the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

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