Nadal cruises into Italian Open third round, Thiem exit


I did have chances."Earlier, Halep powered her way to a 6-1, 6-0 win in just under an hour on the clay of the Italico Foro to claim her fourth win over 21st-ranked Osaka in five meetings".

"It was important after a loss in Madrid to come back strong". The Spaniard will face Denis Shapovalov in the third round on Thursday, who got the better of Robin Haase.

France's Caroline Garcia, a semi-finalist in Madrid last week, also eased into the third round past Hungary's Timea Babos 6-3, 6-4.Garcia, the seventh seed, went through with a break in both sets in 1hr 30min and she will next play either American Sloane Stephens or Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.In the men's event, U.S. eighth seed John Isner fell following a three set battle which included three tiebreaks against Spain's Albert Ramos 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/5). Novak Djokovic, a four-time victor in Rome, powered into the third round with a convincing 6-4 6-2 win over Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.

"I went on court with the right intensity".

In other seeded action, second-seeded German Alexander Zverev bested Italian wild card Matteo Berrettini 7-5, 6-2.

Also through to the third round on Wednesday was Japan's Kei Nishikori, who faced a tough challenge in Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov but fought back superbly to send the third seed packing.

"I beat a top clay-courter", Fognini added.

"But I think in Rome it's a little bit different".

Thiem was already looking ahead to the French Open, which starts on May 27. Last year, I did really well. And I knew she knew I couldn't hit a backhand, so we were just having backhand rallies. In the middle of the sixth game the Chair Umpire over-ruled a call after inspecting the point where the ball landed.

Wozniacki eliminated Belgian qualifier Alison van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-4, three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova came back to beat Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, and 1999 Rome champion Venus Williams advanced with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 win over Elena Vesnina. He broke in the 11th game and later served out the set.

U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens held off a comeback from Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi in a 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 victory, and seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia defeated Timea Babos 6-3, 6-4.