Nadal through to Italian Open last-16 as Almagro retires hurt

Solenn Plantier
Mai 18, 2017

The German will next play home favourite Fabio Fognini, who knocked out world No 1 Andy Murray on Tuesday.

"It's hard to see what's going on now just after what happened", Nadal said. He is chasing that elusive tenth French Open title. The 30-year-old Nadal is aiming for an 8th Rome Open title. "I'm just not playing well and I don't think it's to do with my ranking", he said.

Eighth-seeded Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine eliminated Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 7-6 (11), and 15th-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands beat American qualifier CiCi Bellis 6-4, 6-0.

"The stadium will be very loud for him". "It's going to be a fun day, a fun atmosphere and great match".

The fourth-ranked Nadal remained on court for a practice session.

The Scot had his most successful season on clay previous year, winning one out of three finals, but has seen his fortunes on the surface reverse with the loss to Fognini marking three unsuccessful clay tournaments in a row.

Jack Sock, the No 13 seed from the United States, battled past Czech player Jiri Vesely 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1) to set up a match against Nadal. Joining Nadal in the next round was Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, victor over Spain's David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2.

Sharapova's exit merely intensified the spotlight on the Russian after the French tennis federation (FFT) elected not to award her a wild card into either the Roland Garros main draw or qualifying.

"No words, games, or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams". I didn't face a break point, and it was also way more hard to break him.

Paire beat Wawrinka in the three-time grand slam champion's first match in the Spanish capital last week, but there was to be no repeat.

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