Nadal Dispatches Dzumhur To Advance In Rome

Italian Open Alexander Zverev Joins Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic In Third Round

"I only had one day to prepare but I adjusted well".

Seven-time champion Nadal - seeking to reclaim the number-one ranking he conceded last week - hammered Dzumhur 6-1 6-0 after Thiem had gone down in three sets to Fabio Fognini, the Austrian smashing a racquet in anger during an intense contest.

Fognini got the Foro Italico crowd fired up with an inspired 6-4 1-6 6-3 win over last week's Madrid finalist, Thiem.

The 21-year-old German recorded his 10th consecutive victory on clay, a streak which includes back-to-back title runs in Munich and Madrid. On the next point, Sakkari converted a break then served it out.

Earlier, former world number one Novak Djokovic crashed out of the tournament after going down against British player Kyle Edmund in the second round.

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Alexander Zverev defeated Dominic Thiem, who knocked out Rafael Nadal in the quarter-final, winning 6-4, 6-4 in the Madrid Masters final. "He was pumped today and playing at home and coming off a good win over (Gael) Monfils", said Thiem.

The 31-year-old, who claimed the 11th titles of his career at both Monte Carlo and Barcelona, took the first set in 34 minutes, coasting to victory in just an hour.The 16-time Grand Slam victor next takes on either Canadian Denis Shapovalov, 19, or Robin Haase of the Netherlands.

Djokovic, a four-time victor of the Italian Open, also had little trouble in his second round match, defeating Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 18 minutes.

The Serb will next play Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas who squeezed past American eighth seed John Isner 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/5).

The biggest upset of the day belonged to Japan's Kei Nishikori, who came from behind to upend third-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4.

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Halep needs to reach at least the quarterfinals or risk losing the top spot to Caroline Wozniacki.

World number one Rafael Nadal will continue his quest for sixth Madrid Open title when he squares off with Argentinean tennis star Diego Schwartzman in the last-16 clash of the men's singles event here on Thursday.

Halep next plays 13th-seeded American Madison Keys, who battled past Croatian Donna Vekic 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/0), for a place in the last eight.

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"I went on court with the right intensity". Nishikori, now ranked No 24 as he continues his return from injury, was down breaks in both the second and third sets before fighting back to claim a hard-fought victory.

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