Djokovic, Nadal stay on course in Rome

Rufina Vignone
Mag 20, 2017

The Spaniard was too strong and too clever for Jack Sock, winning 6-3 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals.

The home favourite was inspired before the fans in Rome to consign world number one Murray to another concerning loss in the last 32 of the final tournament before the French Open begins on May 28.

Djokovic, beaten in the final by Britain s Andy Murray previous year, will now face Juan Martin del Potro in the quarters after the unseeded Argentinian s 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win over Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori.

"I felt that the start of the season went really well for me this year", Djokovic said at a press conference from Foro Italico where he will play the Masters 1000 tournament in Rome, according to the ATP official website. "But I'll keep fighting". The 16th seeded Zverev won the first set on a single break of serve and carried the momentum into the second set as he took a 4-0 lead.

"I have been doing my best to optimise my game and get it to the highest possible level", said Djokovic, who surprisingly parted company with his coaching staff earlier this month.

An even bigger shock occurred as world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka - who has endured a nightmare build-up to the second Grand Slam of the year - lost to big-serving American John Isner 6-7 (1-7) 4-6.

"It s coming at the right time, we re getting closer to Roland Garros".

If one looks at the head-to-head record, Djokovic has been mighty impressive, winning 13 matches and only losing four. I can play a bit more aggressive than the way I played tonight, but overall I m happy.

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.

In the women's draw, Venus Williams beat Johanna Konta 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

In other matches, there were straight-sets wins for Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic and Alexander Zverev, accounting for David Goffin, Tomas Berdych and Fabio Fognini respectively, the latter proving unable to build on his upset win over Andy Murray.

Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, the seventh seed, won't be going so far after she exited following a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Australian qualifier Daria Gavrilova.

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