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

The Italian Open serves as warm up for the French Open which begins on the 27th of May

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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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