Rafael Nadal avoids double blemish against Canadian teen with emphatic win

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Rafael Nadal defeated Denis Shapovalov 6-4 6-1, and in press conference he was asked which was the biggest difference today than their previous meeting at 2017 Montreal when the Canadian won in the third set tie-break.

Nadal lost his first match on clay in over a year last week in the Madrid quarter-finals to Austrian Dominic Thiem and as a result lost his world number one ranking to Roger Federer. Nadal would go on to win the set 6-1after a rallying sixth game where Dzhumhur finally got into trouble the score-sheet by the skin of his teeth.However, the rallying game had made Nadal more ruthless in the second set as he won it 6-0 to clinch the match in just 61 minutes.

In the women's tournament, Simona Halep boosted her bid to retain her world number one ranking as the top seed advanced to the quarter-finals after American Madison Keys withdrew injured with a painful rib.

Seeking an 8th Rome title, ahead will be Italian bad boy Fabio Fognini who bested Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4.

The four-time Rome champion is making his way back this year after a six-month injury absence before the Australian Open, which was followed by elbow surgery.

The victory books Nadal a date with fiery local Fabio Fognini, who continues to impress in Rome.

Number one seed Simona Halep of Romania made it through to the quarter-finals before a ball was struck as her opponent, Madison Keys of the U.S., had to retire hurt before she took to the court.

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For Zverev it was an 11th consecutive win after back-to-back title runs at Munich and Madrid. I also had control, more or less, of a high percentage of the points. "I know I have to play well, to keep having chances and keep going in the tournament".

Defending champion Alexander Zverev needed eight match points before completing a 7-5, 7-6 (11) win over Kyle Edmund.

Third seed Grigor Dimitrov did not have a birthday to remember as he fell 7-6 (4), 5-7, 4-6 to Kei Nishikori.

Halep next plays U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens or seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia.

Cilic faces 10th seed Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-7 (7-3) 6-2.

Kontaveit, who also beat Williams last week in Madrid, next plays either second seed Wozniacki or Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova for a place in the semi-finals.

The 22-year-old Kontaveit won through 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) against the 37-year-old American who was seeded eighth in a tournament she won almost two decades ago to 1999.

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