Nadal avenges Shapovalov defeat, Djokovic through
ROME » Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal methodically wore down Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-1, Thursday to reach the Italian Open’s last eight and gain revenge over the Canadian teenager.
Four-time Rome winner Novak Djokovic reached his first quarterfinal of the year with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Alberto Ramos-Vinolas.
Djokovic next faces Kei Nishikori, who rolled past Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 6-2.
Defending champion Alexander Zverev needed eight match points before completing a 7-5, 7-6 (11) win over Kyle Edmund.
In the women’s tournament, Simona Halep’s hold on the No. 1 ranking received a boost when American Madison Keys withdrew from their last-16 match due to a rib injury.
Halep now needs to progress further than No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki to stay in top spot.
Wozniacki beat Sevastova 6-2, 15th-seeded 5-7, 6-3. Anastasija