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Shapovalov wins again on clay, setting up Italian Open showdown with Nadal

Rafael Nadal in action on Wednesday Shapovalov wins again on clay, setting up Italian Open showdown with Nadal
Shannon Reynolds | 17 May, 2018, 18:16

The Spaniard beat his second round opponent 6-1 6-0 as he looked to put the ghosts of his past behind after a quarter-final defeat at the hands of Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open.

The Spaniard lost his number one ranking and a 50-set winning streak on clay when he was finally beaten by Dominic Thiem at the Madrid Open last week, but he was back to his somewhere near his brilliant best in Rome.

The Serb's forehand was particularly loose, and he had to fend off a pair of break points before he was able to grab a break of his own in the first set.

Nadal is aiming for an eighth title in the Italian capital this week, while Djokovic will hoping for a solid performance after suffering six defeats in his 12 tour matches this year. And that's what I did today.

"I went on court with the right intensity".

"I don't know how many mistakes I made, but not many".

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.

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It's incredible ", Kenely said. "He stopped us and talked to us". "Each county feels the same way", Barnes said. We would rather be in the classroom, but this is too important. "It was historic, it certainly was", said Rep.

"It was one of those helpless feeling", conceded Osaka who could be heard saying "I want to cry" courtside.

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.

Next up for Ramos-Vinolas is a meeting with Novak Djokovic, who eased past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 6-2.

Defending champion Alexander Zverev stayed focused on his way to a 7-5 6-2 win over Italian wildcard Matteo Berrettini. Croatia's Marin Cilic, the No. 4 seed, rallied past American Ryan Harrison 6-7 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (1) while fifth-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro ousted Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-3.

A strong start for Fognini saw him take the opening set 6-4 before Thiem rallied well in the second as the Italian narrowly avoided a bagel. Seventh-seeded South African Kevin Anderson retired from his match against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene with an injury after losing the first set 6-4.

The 21-year-old from Hamburg next meets Britain's Kyle Edmund, who beat Djokovic in the Madrid second round, and got past Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) in Rome on Wednesday.

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