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Nadal, Djokovic both win

Nadal, Djokovic both win

Meanwhile, clay king Nadal was relieved to be back winning as he builds towards the French Open, racing to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.

Shapovalov was stretched to three sets in his opening two matches, against 15th-seeded Tomas Berdych and Robin Haase, and reached the semifinals of last week's Madrid Open. "And that's what I did today", said Nadal, who is targeting an eighth Rome title and first since 2013.

The Spaniard has to win in Rome in order to get the number 1 ranking back from Roger Federer after the Swissman managed to get on top of the charts following Nadal's loss in Madrid.

Four-time champion Novak Djokovic also advanced, beating Georgian qualifier 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. Thiem was joined in making an early exit by Dimitrov and John Isner, who lost respective close matches to Kei Nishikori and Albert Ramos-Vinolas, while Kevin Anderson retired after losing the first set to Aljaz Bedene.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion is 10-3 lifetime against Fognini, who has defeated him twice on clay but has lost five in a row in the head-to-head series-including three at Masters 1000 events in 2017. "I will do all of the exams now and then I will try to make a good decision for the future".

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For Zverev it was an 11th consecutive win after back-to-back title runs at Munich and Madrid. But with my serve, I didn't lose many points.

In other seeded action, second-seeded German Alexander Zverev bested Italian wild card Matteo Berrettini 7-5, 6-2. "I feel like she's the No. 1 player in the world and she's great on clay. I was surprised when he stopped at 5-4".

Halep next plays U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens or seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia.

Three-time victor Maria Sharapova ousted Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-4 and will play fifth seed and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko who saw off Britain's Johanna Konta 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Kontaveit, who also beat Williams last week in Madrid, next plays either second seed Wozniacki or Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova for a place in the semi-finals.

Svitolina overcame a poor start to beat 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina 0-6, 6-3, 6-2.


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