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Novak Djokovic powers into Italian Open quarterfinals as Rafael Nadal continues to soar

Four-time Italian Open champion, Novak Djokovic reached his first quarterfinal of the year after seeing off Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Centre Court at the Foro Italico on Thursday.

The super Serb, who hasn’t dropped a set so far in Rome, produced some of his best tennis, that’s been missing for a while, as he cruised to a 6-1 win in the first set, and then edged the Spaniard in the second to register a 6-1, 7-5 victory.

Djokovic will fancy his chances of reaching the semifinals when he takes on Kei Nishikori, who made light work of Philipp Kohlschreiber, winning 6-1, 6-2.

Earlier, Rafael Nadal was back in usual business as he dispatched Canadian youngster, Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-1 to remain right on course for an eight Italian Open title.

The Spaniard will next face Italy’s Fabio Fognini in the quarterfinals.

Fognini, who’s enjoying a good start to the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, produced a spirited display to beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4.

Germany’s Alexander Zverev also, made it to the quarterfinals at the expense of Britain’s Kyle Edmund with a 7-5, 7-6(11) victory and will next play David Goffin, who was leading 6-2, 4-5 when Juan Martin del Potro retired due to a groin injury.

In the women’s field, world no. 1, Simona Halep advanced to the quarterfinals without lifting a racket. Halep was billed to play Madison Keys, but the American pulled out due to a rib injury.

Elina Svitolina overcame a poor start to beat 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina 0-6, 6-3, 6-2. She’ll next face former No. 1 Angelique Kerber, who routed Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-1, 6-1.

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 Italian Open champion Maria Sharapova, who eliminated Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-4.

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