NaDal rEDEEms himsElF against Shapovalov
Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal methodically wore down Denis Shapovalov in a 6-4, 6-1 win to reach the Italian Open quarter-finals and gain a measure of revenge against the Canadian teenager. Shapovalov saved eight break points in his opening two service games before finally dropping his serve midway through the first set on Thursday. Shapovalov, ranked a career-high No. 29 this week, stunned Nadal in the third round in Montreal last year to deny the Spaniard a chance to regain the No. 1 ranking. Nadal, who hasn’t won the Italian Open since 2013, will next face Fabio Fognini. This is the last major warm-up for the French Open, which starts in 10 days.