Nadal, Federer, Djokovic Reach QF: Relive Manic Thursday In Rome


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.

<a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/players/stefanos-tsitsipas/te51/overview'>Stefanos Tsitsipas</a> hits a forehand in Rome

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.

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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).

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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.

<a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/players/roger-federer/f324/overview'>Roger Federer</a> plays in Rome on Thursday

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.

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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).

15:24: World No. 7 and Madrid finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas disappoints the home crowd by beating 17-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-2.

<a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/players/novak-djokovic/d643/overview'>Novak Djokovic</a> advances on Thursday in Rome against <a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/players/denis-shapovalov/su55/overview'>Denis Shapovalov</a>

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.

Del Potro hits a backhand in Rome

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.

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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.


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