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Rafael Nadal reacts to getting back to winning ways in Rome

18 May 2018, 03:16 | Damon Campbell

Novak Djokovic. | FILIPPO MONTEFORTE AFP

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Number one seed Simona Halep of Romania made it through to the quarter-finals before a ball was struck as her opponent, Madison Keys of the U.S., had to retire hurt before she took to the court.

Halep powered her way to a 6-1, 6-0 win in just under an hour on the clay of the Italico Foro to claim her fourth win over 21st-ranked Osaka in five meetings. I also had control, more or less, of a high percentage of the points.

"I played very well today", said Thiem.

While Fognini drop-kicked his racket onto the court after a miss early in the third set, it was Thiem who ultimately lost his cool.

Former world number one Novak Djokovic - who has sunk to a ranking of 18th after six defeats in his 12 tour matches this year - eased past Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 6-2. And I was a little bit more relaxed, and I was able to not have more mistake with it, too.' About his quarter-final against Fabio Fognini, Nadal said: 'I'm going to prepare like every day. I got the break in the 3-all.

Nadal, who hasn't won the Italian Open since 2013, next faces Fabio Fognini, who beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4.

Nadal will face Denis Shapovalov in the last 16 after the Canadian got the better of Robin Haase.

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Germany's Alexander Zverev, who beat Djokovic in last year's final, kept his title defence on track but needed eight match points to see off Briton Kyle Edmund 7-5, 7-6 (13/11). "I feel like she's the No. 1 player in the world and she's great on clay". Seventh-seeded South African Kevin Anderson retired from his match against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene with an injury after losing the first set 6-4.

For Zverev it was an 11th consecutive win after back-to-back title runs at Munich and Madrid.

To stay in top spot, Halep needs to progress further than No 2 Caroline Wozniacki, who was facing 15th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in a late match.

The 22-year-old Kontaveit won through 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) against the 37-year-old American who was seeded eighth in a tournament she won almost two decades ago to 1999.

Past year in Rome, Halep rolled her ankle in the final and lost a lead and the championship to Elina Svitolina.

Belgian Goffin was leading 6-2 4-5 against fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro when the Argentine was forced to retire with what appeared to be a groin injury that throws his participation at the French Open into doubt.

Important results: Women: Third round: Simona Halep w/o Madison Keys; Jelena Ostapenko bt Johanna Konta 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; Elina Svitolina bt Darya Kasatkina 0-6, 6-3, 6-2; Angelique Kerber bt Maria Sakkari 6-1, 6-1.



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