Rafael Nadal show up and running, but Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov tumble out

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Rafael Nadal dropped only one game en route to victory over Damir Dzumhur at the Italian Open, but his Madrid conqueror Dominic Thiem as well as Grigor Dimitrov lost.

Seven-time Rome winner Nadal crushed Bosnian Dzumhur 6-1, 6-0 in an hour to set up a third-round clash against either Robin Haase or Denis Shapovalov.

Thiem caused a big upset at the Madrid Open last week as he beat Nadal in straight sets in the quarter-final, but there will be no repeat of that as the Austrian suffered a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 defeat at the hands of local hero Fabio Fognini.

Dimitrov, meanwhile, just cannot put a couple of good runs together as he followed his early exit in Madrid with another second-round defeat, this time going down 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-4 to Kei Nishikori.

However, Novak Djokovic continued his revival as he beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2 to set up a clash against Albert Ramos-Vinolas after the Spaniard stunned eighth seed John Isner 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-5).

Isner’s fellow American Steve Johnson is also out as he was beaten 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 by Pablo Carreno Busta from Spain.


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