Nadal gets revenge on Shapovalov in Rome

Fabio Fognini

GETTYFabio Fognini- the man Thiem faces first at the Italian Open in the second round

Top seed Rafael Nadal on Wednesday opened his final pre-French Open event with a 6-1 6-0 win over Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur to reach the Italian Open third round in Rome.

He has another chance to regain the top spot this week and will replace Roger Federer at No.1 if he wins an eighth Rome title. It was Nadal who won their first four matches, including twice on clay in 2013 when he defeated Fognini 6-1 6-3 in Rome and then in Paris where he triumphed 7-6 6-4 6-4.

Former world number one Novak Djokovic - who has sunk to a ranking of 18th after six defeats in his 12 tour matches this year - eased past Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 6-2.

The Spaniard will next take on Fognini, a player he knows well having played 14 times and holds a 10-3 record against including five wins in their most recent matches. Second round: Denis Shapovalov bt Robin Haase 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 6-3; Kei Nishikori bt Grigor Dimitrov 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4; Marin Cilic bt Ryan Harrison 6-7 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (1); Juan Martin del Potro bt Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-3; Alexander Zverev bt Matteo Berrettini 7-5, 6-2.

Number one seed Simona Halep of Romania made it through to the quarter-finals before a ball was struck as her opponent, Madison Keys of the USA, had to retire hurt before she took to the court. "It was important, after a loss in Madrid, to come back strong".

"It felt good", said the 12-time Grand Slam victor. But with my serve, I didn't lose many points.

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"I played really a good tactic, making him run a lot from both side", said Goffin. Seventh-seeded South African Kevin Anderson retired from his match against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene with an injury after losing the first set 6-4.

Halep needed to reach at least the last eight and go further than world number two Caroline Wozniacki to retain the top ranking going into the French Open.

But the 37-year-old had to save a match point before seeing off Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 and will next face Anett Kontaveit.

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.

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

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine recovered from a stunning 6-0 first set loss to Russia's Daria Kasatkina to take the match following 6-3 and 6-2 wins in the second and third sets respectively.

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