Djokovic and Nadal through in Rome as Isner ousts Wawrinka

Rufina Vignone
Mag 20, 2017

The Spaniard, a seven-time champion in Rome, swept Djokovic aside in the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters last week before going on to secure the title.

Rafael Nadal, enjoying his best season on clay in two years, booked a quarter-final clash against Austria's Dominic Thiem, whom he beat in the Madrid Masters final last week, after an "aggressive" 6-3, 6-4 win over American Jack Sock, seeded 13th.

First round: Tommy Haas bty Ernesto Escobedo 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (1); Alexander Zverev bt Kevin Anderson 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Benoit Paire bt Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-4; Pablo Cuevas bt Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 7-6 (2); JDavid Ferrer bt Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-3, 6-1; Pablo Carreno Busta bt Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-3; Juan Martin del Potro bt Grigor Dimitrov 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; Roberto Bautista-Agut bt Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2.

"I love this tournament, and I love Rome", Williams said. I served well and took my chances when I had them.

Djokovic, a beaten finalist here past year, held his serve throughout the opening set and earned the only break in the seventh game to ease into a convincing lead.

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic on Monday said he remains as motivated as ever to reclaim his old position at top of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings, although he has not played his best match this year. "What I know for sure is that I'm doing my very best to rediscover myself in a new way and get the new strength and the new skin, so to speak", he explained. "But in general terms I am happy with the way that I played, obviously". "It came at the right time, of course".

If one looks at the head-to-head record, Djokovic has been mighty impressive, winning 13 matches and only losing four.

The eighth-seeded Austrian was forced to save three match points before battling to a 3-6 6-3 7-6 (9/7) win over another American, Sam Querrey.

Zverev, the 16th seed, will meet Canada's world No 6 Milos Raonic after the Wimbledon finalist comfortably defeated Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-2.

Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit, who beat top-ranked Angelique Kerber in the second round, continued her dream debut.

Russian Federation s Svetlana Kuznetsova, the seventh seed, suffered a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Australian qualifier Daria Gavrilova.

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