Nadal cruises into Italian Open third round, Thiem exit

Nadal Halep enter quarterfinals

Nadal Halep enter quarterfinals

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).

But 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 No. 1 ranking. The Spaniard didn't face a break point in his match against Dzumhur, who won his sole game after dropping the first five of the first set.

"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. And that's what I did today.

"For some reason, I couldn't get a ball in the court after that, on my backhand side", Osaka said.

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"She knew it and we were having a lot of backhand rallies, other than that I couldn't say what happened."I feel like I've played her the most of any player, this was the third time this year".

Shapovalov, who will face Nadal on Thursday, finished with seven aces and converted three of 11 break-point opportunities in a match that lasted two hours 26 minutes. "That was the way that I want to play".

Nadal will next face Canada's Denis Shapovalov, who faced a grueling test in battling past Dutchman Robin Haase 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 6-3 in almost two and a half hours.

Djokovic, a four-time champion on the comeback trail three months after elbow surgery, eased past Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2. Djokovic, a four-time victor at Rome, had five aces in the match and will next face Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who rallied past eighth-seeded American John Isner 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5) in two hours, 53 minutes.

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Former No. 1 Angelique Kerber rallied past Irina-Camelia Begu 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, and 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina eliminated American qualifier Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-3.

Defending champion Alexander Zverev continued his excellent form with a 7-5 6-2 win over Matteo Berrettini, his 10th victory in a row. 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.

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