Rafael Nadal eases into Rome quarter-finals and Fabio Fognini marches on
Rafael Nadal has eased into the Rome Masters quarter-finals after dismissing Denis Shapovalov.
The number one seed cruised to a 6-4 6-1 victory to set up a clash with home-crowd favourite Fabio Fognini in the last eight.
“It was a tough first set,” Nadal said. “I’m happy for the victory against a difficult opponent and looking forward to the quarter-final.
“He’s [Fognini] is a tough player and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Fognini, who beat Dominic Thiem on Wednesday, followed it up with a 6-4 6-4 win over Peter Gojowczyk to earn his match-up with Nadal.
Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Aljaz Bedene and will now face Marin Cilic, who overcame Benoit Paire.
Alexander Zverev’s fine clay court form continued as he beat Kyle Edmund 7-5 7-6.
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