Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Thiem crashes in Rome, Halep demolishes Osaka

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Lucia Summers | 17 May, 2018, 18:17

Rafael Nadal's quest to regain the world No. 1 ranking began with a flourish on Wednesday when he dominated Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-0 in just 61 minutes at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.

Zverev trailed 0/40 in the third game but rolled off five points to hold.

But Nadal can take it back by winning in Rome and he set his stall out by blitzing Dzumhur 6-1 6-0 in an hour. On the next point, Sakkari converted a break then served it out.

The 21-year-old from Hamburg next meets Britain's Kyle Edmund, who beat Djokovic in the Madrid second round, and got past Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) in Rome on Wednesday.

In the process, the 16-time Grand Slam champion created yet another record when he notched up his 100th bagel on the ATP Tour - the most among active players.

Former No. 1 Angelique Kerber rallied past Irina-Camelia Begu 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, and 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina eliminated American qualifier Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-3.

Djokovic, a four-time champion on the comeback trail three months after elbow surgery, eased past Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2.

Japan's Kei Nishikori denied Grigor Dimitrov a 27th birthday win to progress to the third round, rallying back from a set down to beat the world number four 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.

Due to that, the southpaw not only failed to defend his Madrid title but also had to relinquish the top ranking to his greatest nemesis, Roger Federer. "That was the way that I wanted to play".

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But the 37-year-old had to save a match point before seeing off Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 and will next face Anett Kontaveit.

Djokovic, meanwhile, has now secured convincing back-to-back wins in Rome as the Serbian continues to feel his way back after the elbow injury that kept him sidelined for half of last season and prolonged spells this year.

US Open champion Sloane Stephens will play France's Caroline Garcia for a quarter-final place.

After the match, Pliskova didn't shake hands with the chair umpire and struck the chair several times with her racket.

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