There won’t be many busier days of tennis on the ATP Tour than Thursday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, where all eight players who reached the quarter-finals — including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer — had to win two matches in the same day to do so. Look back at ATPTour.com’s blog of the day’s action.
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23:12: More than 13 hours after play began Thursday, Stefanos Tsitsipas became the final man to reach the quarter-finals in Rome, defeating Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 in front of the Italian’s home crowd. Tsitsipas will face Roger Federer in a blockbuster quarter-final.
21:33: Novak Djokovic wastes little time advancing to the quarter-finals, dismissing German Philipp Kohlschreiber, who defeated the World No. 1 at the BNP Paribas Open in March, 6-3, 6-0. Djokovic took just two hours and eight minutes to win both of his matches today, and he will face Juan Martin del Potro in the last eight.
20:55: Sixth seed Kei Nishikori secured his place in the Rome quarter-finals as he rallied past Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-3 on Court 1. Nishikori trailed by a set and a break throughout the second set after trading serves with Struff in six straight games, but extended the match by winning the tie-break.
20:44: For the second time on Thursday, Rafael Nadal dropped only one game in his match. The eight-time Rome champion, who dismissed Jeremy Chardy earlier in the day, raced past No. 14 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-0 in 62 minutes. Nadal spent a total of two hours and nine minutes on the court Thursday, less than Roger Federer’s third-round win over Borna Coric (2:31) and each of Fernando Verdasco’s wins over Karen Khachanov (2:09) and Dominic Thiem (2:43).
20:32: Juan Martin del Potro lost serve to start his third-round match, but recovered the break in the next game en route to a 6-4, 6-4 win over Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud. He will look to reach his first semi-final since last October in Beijing when he faces either top seed Novak Djokovic or German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
20:10: Roger Federer saves two match points down 4/6 in the decisive tie-break, to fight past Borna Coric 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7) in his second match of the day. The 13th-seeded Coric won 12 more points during the two-hour, 31-minute match. “It was very tight. I got very lucky again… I’ve lost a lot of heart-breakers throughout the years, so it’s nice to win these,” Federer said on-court during his post-match interview. “The atmosphere was fantastic. People were going crazy. That’s exactly how you want the atmosphere to be.”
Federer, a four-time Rome finalist, awaits the winner between Fabio Fognini and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals.
18:28: 2010 semi-finalist Fernando Verdasco backs up his second-round win over Dominic Thiem with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 victory over No. 11 seed Karen Khachanov in two hours and nine minutes on Court 1. The Spaniard is through to his first clay-court ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final since May 2012 at Madrid.
17:17: Diego Schwartzman is the first player through to the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Matteo Berrettini. The Argentine won all four sets he played on Thursday.
17:35: Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini completes second-round play with 7-6(6), 6-3 win over Moldovan Radu Albot. Fognini now plays Tsitsipas in the third round later today. Albot could not convert a set point at 5/6 in the first set tie-break. With Cilic’s loss, if Fognini reaches the semi-finals in Rome, he will become the oldest player to crack the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for the first time since 38-year-old Ken Rosewall and 35-year-old Rod Laver on 23 August 1973 (the first week of the ATP Rankings).
15:17: Mutua Madrid Open titlist and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is off to a good start in Rome, dismissing #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-1, 6-3, without facing a break point.
14:55: Juan Martin del Potro claims his first clay-court win of the year, beating 2017 Nitto ATP Finalsrunner-up David Goffin 6-4, 6-2. Del Potro will face #NextGenATP Norwegian Casper Ruud later Thursday for a spot in the quarter-finals.
13:44: Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal is not far behind, losing just a single game in a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. It’s the third time Nadal has lost just one game in a match at Rome.
13:31: Roger Federer is through to the third round without any trouble. The Swiss star, competing in Rome for the first time since 2016, moves past Portuguese Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-3.
13:28: German Jan-Lennard Struff finishes another upset at the Foro Italico, ousting ninth seed Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-3, breaking the Croat’s serve five times. Cilic had defeated Struff in three sets in Madrid last week.
13:16: Sixth seed Kei Nishikori beats American Taylor Fritz for the second time in less than a month, cruising past the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier 6-2, 6-4.
12:55: Fernando Verdasco causes the first upset of this manic Thursday. The Spaniard extends his FedEx ATP Head2Head lead against Dominic Thiem to 4-0, defeating the Indian Wells and Barcelona champion 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 after two hours and 44 minutes.
11:43: Argentine Diego Schwartzman earns the first win of the day, defeating qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(5), 6-1 to reach the third round of a tournament for the first time since the BNP Paribas Open.