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Nadal avenges Shapovalov defeat, Djokovic through

first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Canada’s Denis Shapovalov, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Thursday, May 17, 2018 (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)ROME — Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal methodically wore down Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-1 Thursday to reach the Italian Open’s last eight and gain revenge over the Canadian teenager.Four-time Rome winner Novak Djokovic reached his first quarterfinal of the year with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Alberto Ramos-Vinolas.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Fognini slammed his racket midway through the second set and received a warning from the umpire but otherwise held his composure to follow up an impressive win over Dominic Thiem.Defending champion Alexander Zverev needed eight match points before completing a 7-5, 7-6 (11) win over Kyle Edmund.His next opponent will be ninth-seeded David Goffin, who was leading 6-2, 4-5 when Juan Martin del Potro retired because of a groin injury.Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic defeated Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-4 and will meet Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2.In the women’s tournament, Simona Halep’s hold on the No. 1 ranking received a boost when American Madison Keys withdrew from their last-16 match due to a rib injury.Halep now needs to progress further than No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki to stay in top spot.Wozniacki beat 15th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 and next faces Anett Kontaveit, who ousted 1999 champion Venus Williams 6-2, 7-6 (3) for her second win over the American in two weeks.Last year, Halep rolled her ankle in the final and lost a lead and the championship to Elina Svitolina.Halep next plays seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia.Svitolina overcame a poor start to beat 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina 0-6, 6-3, 6-2. She’ll now face former No. 1 Angelique Kerber, who routed Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-1, 6-1. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READcenter_img View comments Duke’s Allen understands he has to address concerns head-on Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “He was really serving big and I had some mistakes with the return,” Nadal said. “It was not a comfortable match against a lefty who serves big and goes for his shots.“He’s good in all aspects. The only thing he needs is a little bit more time.”Shapovalov was stretched to three sets in his opening two matches, against 15th-seeded Tomas Berdych and Robin Haase, and reached the semifinals of last week’s Madrid Open.“I didn’t feel completely dead out there but I felt like I could’ve been fresher,” Shapovalov said.Nadal, who hasn’t won the Italian Open since 2013, next faces Fabio Fognini, who beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT Djokovic next faces Kei Nishikori, who rolled past Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 6-2.The 19-year-old Shapovalov stunned Nadal in the third round in Montreal last year to deny the Spanish player a chance to regain the No. 1 spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNadal is also attempting to win the top spot back this week. He’ll replace Roger Federer if he wins an eighth Rome title.In a match between two left-handers, Shapovalov saved eight break points in his opening two service games before finally dropping his serve midway through the first set. This is the last major warmup for the French Open, which starts in 10 days.Jelena Ostapenko, preparing to defend her title at Roland Garros, rallied past Johanna Konta 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and will meet three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova, who eliminated Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

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