Nadal shocked by Shapovalov in Rome as Djokovic advancements

Rafael Nadal

‘King of Clay’ Nadal fell to a 1-6 7-5 6-2 defeat to Shapovalov in the third spherical in Rome, with the Canadian surging to victory after winning 12 straight factors from 2-2 in the determining established.

The legendary Spaniard stormed by way of the to start with established thanks to a sequence of amazing returns, but his opponent dominated at the web in the second to consider the match the distance.

Shapovalov then flipped the narrative on its head by winning 14 of a doable 22 return details to set up a quarter-closing assembly with Casper Ruud, who conquer Jenson Brooksby 6-3 6-4.

Djokovic is just one acquire away from retaining his position as world range just one just after having just 75 minutes to see off 3-time grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-2.

Immediately after a lengthy spell out wounded, Wawrinka ended a 15-month wait around for an ATP Tour victory at Foro Italico prior to the Serbian introduced his run to an end.

“It is fantastic to see Stan back and winning. He gained two tough matches. You can see he is even now not physically where he wishes to be. But, yet, he is Stan Wawrinka and he can damage you if you give him time,” Djokovic reported.

“I managed to do effectively from the starting. I actually moved him all over the court docket and held my serve easily other than for that decline of my serve in the next established.”

Felix Auger-Aliassime stands among Djokovic and the variety 1 place soon after overcoming blessed loser Marcos Giron 6-3 6-2.

In the other fifty percent of the attract, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner will engage in out an entertaining quarter-remaining immediately after they beat Karen Khachano and Filip Krajinovic respectively.

Alexander Zverev, the defeated finalist in Madrid final week, beat Alex De Minaur 6-3 7-6 (7-5) and will fight Cristian Garin for a spot in the remaining four.


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