Nadal back to dominant best as Dimitrov, Thiem fall in Rome

Nadal back to dominant best as Dimitrov, Thiem fall in Rome

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. In the final game, Thiem smashed his racket into a mangled wreck and handed it to a befuddled fan in the front row.

"It's a loss which is not too painful, which is just motivating me for the next weeks", the Austrian said.

And it quickly became clear that it would be more of the same in the second, the world number two taking three of only four break-point opportunities as Dzumhur failed to live with his opponent. Djokovic, a four-time victor at Rome, had five aces in the match and will next face Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who rallied past eighth-seeded American John Isner 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5) in two hours, 53 minutes.

France's Caroline Garcia, a semi-finalist in Madrid last week, also eased into the third round past Hungary's Timea Babos 6-3, 6-4.Garcia, the seventh seed, went through with a break in both sets in 1hr 30min and she will next play either American Sloane Stephens or Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.In the men's event, U.S. eighth seed John Isner fell following a three set battle which included three tiebreaks against Spain's Albert Ramos 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/5). "They finally understand me. I ruined a few flowers but I think the federation can afford to buy some new ones".

Fognini went onto see out the match to advance to the last 16, whilst Thiem will prepare for the Lyon Open in France next week, in preparation for a tilt at the prestigious French Open in Paris at the end of the month.

Messi makes shocking comments about Real Madrid players
Messi, who is now in South Africa to face Premiership Champions Mamelodi Sundowns, played for four seasons with Neymar at Barca. Real Madrid will be aiming to win their third successive Champions League title when they face Liverpool in the final in Kiev.

Halep eased past Japan's Naomi Osaka 6-1, 6-0, as Wozniacki beat Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-4.

The 31-year-old was at his imperious best as he showed no nerves and swept to a 5-0 lead in the first set.

"I went on court with the right intensity". And I knew she knew I couldn't hit a backhand, so we were just having backhand rallies. "And she was playing very solid".

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.

At 5-5 in the third, Pliskova got engaged in a lengthy argument after she had an overhead smash called out. He broke in the 11th game and later served out the set.

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