The Masters tournament in Rome, Rafael Nadal’s last Chance for a sandy-title before the French Open. And the locals remain in the Eternal city of course.
Nadal (ATP 2) in the quarter-finals with 6:4, 6:0 against compatriot Fernando Verdasco (ATP 38), who had switched off in the second round, the favored Austrians Dominic Thiem. As a next opponent Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 7) is now in the semi-final of the emerging on Rafa.
Tsitsipas benefits in his quarter-final of a Forfeit of Roger Federer. The Swiss would have prevailed, had it not been for the first Sand match against Nadal since the 2013. Now Rafa has the opportunity to have a rematch. Last Saturday he lost in the Madrid semi-final against Tsitsipas.
Not only Federer is in Rome in advance. After the mammoth Thursday with two matches, the world number 1 in women, Naomi Osaka, is beat and dispensed to a use in the quarter-final. (rib)
Nadal s. Verdasco 6:4, 6:0 Schwartzman, s. Nishikori 6:4, 6:2 Tsitsipas s. Federer, w. o. Djokovic – Del Potro 4:6, 7:6, 6:4
Bertens, s. Osaka, w. o. Kar. Pliskova s. Azarenka 6:7, 6:2, 6:2 Konta s. Vondrousova 6:3, 3:6, 6:1 Sakkari s. Mladenovic 5:7, 6:3, 6:0