Former Champ Zverev Ousted In Rome; Big 3 – Federer, Nadal, Djokovic – On Big Wednesday
by Staff | May 14th, 2019, 7:03 pm
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Things are continued to spiral downward for Alexander Zverev. The German who won Rome in 2017 and made the finals a year ago, was bounced in his first match by home favorite Matteo Berrettini in straight sets 7-5, 7-5.

The 23-year-old Berrettini was no slouch after winning Budapest and Munich back-to-back in the last month. This was his first Top 10 win and it thrilled his Italian crowd.

Zverev will drop out of the Top 4 and heads into the French Open with just one semifinal on the season, a final run in Acapulco.

“Environment was great. The match that I played was horrendous,” said Zverev who is just 5-6 this clay season.

One other seeded fell as Nick Kyrgios suddenly showed up and upended Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. In typical fashion, Kyrgios began the match with an underhand serve.

After a poor first four months, Karen Khachanov won again beating Roberto Bautista Agut in three. Borna Coric also advanced to the third round and his countryman Marin Cilic was a winner.

In a few other upsets, David Goffin came from a set down to beat Stan Wawrinka. Qualifier Taylor Fritz shocked one of the clay win leaders in Guido Pella and Joao Sousa needed a final set breaker to oust Frances Tiafoe.

On a very big Wednesday, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and 8-time champion Rafael Nadal all in action. With late day rains forecasted, Federer will make a rare 11am appearance as he faces Sousa. Djokovic duels Denis Shapovalov while Nadal gets Jeremy Chardy.

Juan Martin del Potro also continues his comeback against Goffin.

Centrale 11:00 Am
2nd Rd Joao Sousa v 3 Roger Federer
2nd Rd Jeremy Chardy v 2 Rafael Nadal
2nd Rd 1 Naomi Osaka v Dominika Cibulkova

Not Before 7:30 Pm
2nd Rd 1 Novak Djokovic v Denis Shapovalov
Not Before 9:00 Pm
2nd Rd 14 Anett Kontaveit v (Q) Maria Sakkari

Grandstand 11:00 Am
2nd Rd (LL) Amanda Anisimova v 6 Kiki Bertens
2nd Rd 5 Dominic Thiem v Fernando Verdasco
2nd Rd Radu Albot v 10 Fabio Fognini
2nd Rd Yulia Putintseva v 2 Petra Kvitova
2nd Rd David Goffin v 7 Juan Martin del Potro

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