Nadal, Djokovic, Delpo Advance In Rome, Dimitrov, Thiem Ousted; Rafa Out For Revenge Thurs.
by Staff | May 16th, 2018, 10:36 pm

After a shock loss to Dominic Thiem last week in Madrid, Rafael Nadal got back on track in his opener today in Rome, in ruthless fashion hammering Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-0.

“It was a positive match, of course,” said Nadal. “It was important, after a loss in Madrid, to come back strong. And that’s what I did today. I went on court with the right intensity. I don’t know how many mistakes I made, but not many. I also had control, more or less, of a high percentage of the points. That was the way that I want to play.”

The 7-time Rome champion returns tomorrow to face young superstar Denis Shapovalov who eliminated Robin Haase 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 6-3.

The Canadian lefty who just made the Madrid semifinals, stunned Nadal last summer in Canada.

Out of Court 3, Novak Djokovic continued to show signs of improvement getting through Nikolas Basilishvili without issue 6-4, 6-3.

“I thought the atmosphere was unique, phenomenal. It’s one of the most beautiful tennis courts in the world,” Djokovic said. “I have great memories there. And I think it’s so nice to play in front of the people that also don’t have to buy ticket for [Center] Court … It’s very intimate.”

Djokovic moves on to meet Albert Ramos Vinolas, a winner over John Isner. With Isner’s loss, Americans finished 0-3 on the day as Marin Cilic beat Ryan Harrison and Pablo Carreno Busta took down Steve Johnson.

Juan Martin del Potro fought back from an early deficit and pulled away to defeat Stefanos Tsisipas 7-5, 6-3.

Two upsets were had on the day. Home favorite Fabio Fognini, who beat Andy Murray in Rome last year, upended Dominc Thiem 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. And Kei Nishikori came from a break down in the third to deny Grigor Dimitrov 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-4.

Alexander Zverev was also a winner.

Tomorrow, Djokovic duels Ramos Vinolas, Cilic faces Paire and of course the day is headlined by Rafa’s bid for revenge against Shapovalov.

In the women’s draw, Maria Sharapova overcame a poor first set to beat Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Former French champ Garbine Muguruza was upset by Daria Gavirilova. Venus Williams won in three over Elena Vesnina and Simona Halep dropped just one game to Naomi Osaka.

Halep will meet Madison Keys tomorrow.

CENTRALE Starts At 12:00 Noon
3rd Rd Peter Gojowczyk VS Fabio Fognini
Not Before 2:00 Pm
3rd Rd 8 Venus Williams VS Anett Kontaveit
3rd Rd 1 Rafael Nadal VS Denis Shapovalov
Not Before 7:30 Pm
3rd Rd 11 Novak Djokovic VS Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Not Before 9:00 Pm
3rd Rd 15 Anastasija Sevastova VS 2 Caroline Wozniacki

NEXT GEN ARENA Starts At 11:00 Am
3rd Rd 14 Daria Kasatkina VS 4 Elina Svitolina
Not Before 12:00 Noon
3rd Rd Aljaz Bedene VS 10 Pablo Carreno Busta
3rd Rd Benoit Paire VS 4 Marin Cilic
Not Before 4:30 Pm
3rd Rd Daria Gavrilova VS Maria Sharapova
Not Before 7:00 Pm
3rd Rd Kei Nishikori VS Philipp Kohlschreiber

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25 Comments for Nadal, Djokovic, Delpo Advance In Rome, Dimitrov, Thiem Ousted; Rafa Out For Revenge Thurs.

Humble Rafa Says:

Tsisisispissis can’t beat the Elf on clay. I don’t know what to say.

gonzalowski Says:

Shapo a lot of winners and 1st serves, and forcing nadal (who has missed several BP for now), Rafa some mistakes, more deffending than attacking… last game 11 min.! 2-1

el_matador Says:

2 pathetic bhs from delpo to give the break back while serving for the set..he’s playing crap

Daniel Says:

DelPo retiring. Hope he doesn’t miss the French Open.

Van Persie Says:

^^ Not like he would do much at the FO :)

Yeah, a shame, that he retired.

Daniel Says:

Orderer restored in Rome, looks like all clay specialists will in QF with exception of Cilic (if he wins versus Paire).

Nadal, Goffin, Foggy, PCB and most likelly Zverev, Djoko and Kei.

Anto Says:

Disappointing performance from Shapovalov. Hope he learns from this defeat.

Anto Says:

Is Nadal’s next opponent Fognini?

Daniel Says:

Yes Onto. And Nadal lost last 3 years in Rome QF, to Thiem 17′, Djoko 16′ and Wawa 15′ and finals to Djoko in 2014. Let’s see if Foggy can make it a fourth year. Don’t think so.

Humble Rafa Says:

Life lesson. Never kick a tiger. You will get a lot of bread sticks.

Humble Rafa Says:

“Let’s not get crazy. It’s not like you’re asking him to go on a date,” Sharapova said with a laugh. “You’re just asking him to hit a couple of balls with you. I was like, listen, you gotta hit a couple balls with Rafa on clay.

Shreikapova will never be as good as Xisca. Xisca has skills that are unmatched.

Okiegal Says:

Okiegal has some wonderful skills too…. I’m a heck of a cook,,,,,,just saying! 🍳🥓🥔🍔🌮🍪🥧🍦🥗🥟🎂

Willow Says:

Okie me too, and im pretty great at alot of other things lol ;-)

j-kath Says:

I’m great at everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Humble Rafa Says:

When I mentioned Xisca’s skills, I didn’t mean cooking. I meant other things. I don’t believe until I have seen and experienced it myself.

Willow Says:

Humble Rafa after having an older woman, you would never go back lol ….

Willow Says:

Shame about Delpo, i hope hes okay for the FO ….

Okiegal Says:

@JK…….Humble…….and Willow…… I was waiting for responses enlightening me on other posters skills. I get your drift……..but alas I have no other skills ….just cooking……..sigh…..Oh I forgot one, I am an excellent dancer!! 💃💃💃 I can still cut a rug,…….I just need an oxygen tank……😂😂😂

Okiegal Says:

^^^^^ and a partner! 🕺🏼🕺🏼🕺🏼

AndyMira Says:

Yoohoo Miss Okie!….Certain Spaniard asked u to be his partner to do a Flamenco dancing!U wanna do it??

Willow Says:

Maria has a thing for Rafa, can see it in her eyes, she has an icy persona, so to see her smiling so much there must be something in it lol ….

Okiegal Says:

Mira….. i need an older partner….. I can’t keep up with the young dudes! Remember my sciatica I’m dealing with? Lol

AndyMira Says:

Hehehehe…..Okay dokey Boss!…I was just teasin’ u!

The Arrogant Goat Says:

Everything Shriekapova does is motivated by money. That twinkle in her eyes is because if stupid people will think Nadal likes her, her muddy drug stained image will improve which translates to money, money, money. This Nadal-Shriekapob*tch pairing is a Nike advertisement. But fools are fools like most fans are. They will (already are) fall for it.

Giles Says:

Well done Maria.

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