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SportFederer, Nadal and Osaka through to last 16 in Rome

16:20  16 may  2019
16:20  16 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Federer and Osaka withdraw from Rome quarters with injuries

Federer and Osaka withdraw from Rome quarters with injuries Roger Federer and top-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew before their Italian Open quarterfinals because of injuries. Federer reported a right leg injury ahead of his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas, while Osaka said her right hand was injured before she was to play Kiki Bertens. Federer and Osaka both won two matches on Thursday after play was backed up due to rain a day earlier. While Osaka won both of her matches in straight sets, the 37-year-old Federer had to labor for more than 2 ½ hours to overcome Borna Coric in his second time on court. "I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete today.

Rafael Nadal eased into the last - 16 of the Italian Open on Tuesday when his second-round opponent Nicolas Almagro retired after sustaining a knee injury Nadal is seeded fourth in Rome , where he is bidding for a record eighth title to go with his recent successes in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid

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ROME (Reuters) - Former world number one Roger Federer marked his return to the Italian Open for the first time since 2016 with a 6-4 6-3 second round win over Joao Sousa on Thursday.

The Swiss had criticized organizers for doubling ticket prices after he confirmed his participation last weekend but the fans who had made their way into Foro Italico on Thursday have been rewarded with a Federer double bill.

With rain having washed out Wednesday's play, Federer along with champion Rafael Nadal and top seed Novak Djokovic all face playing back-to-back matches on Thursday if they want to reach the quarter-finals.

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Back on top: Nadal beats Djokovic for 9th Italian Open title Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win on Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title. It marked the first time in an Open Era-record 54 meetings, and in their 142nd set against each other, that Nadal won a set against Djokovic without conceding a game -- otherwise known as a bagel. The timing for Nadal's return to form could not have been more opportune, as he will seek a record-extending 12th title at the French Open starting next weekend.

They had only met once in about three seasons heading into 2017 but now, for the second time in three months, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play each other again.

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The backlog means that fans on the secondary Grandstand Court can also look forward to a blockbuster schedule as Federer will be back for an evening showdown with Croatian Borna Coric.

Earlier in the day, Nadal had treated the Grandstand fans to a 6-0 6-1 demolition of Frenchman Jeremy Chardy and the Spaniard will be back on action on the main stage against Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Women's world number one Naomi Osaka produced a solid performance to beat Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-3 6-3 in the day's opener.

Djokovic, fresh from winning last week's Madrid Open, was playing Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the round of 32. A clash with either Philipp Kohlschreiber or Marco Cecchinato will be the winner's reward.

Kyrgios defaulted for throwing chair onto court in Rome

Kyrgios defaulted for throwing chair onto court in Rome Nick Kyrgios walked off the court in a fit of rage after throwing a chair onto the red clay at the Italian Open and was defaulted from his second-round match against Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud. Kyrgios has a history of bad behavior. He was suspended by the ATP Tour in 2016 for "tanking" a match and insulting fans during a loss at the Shanghai Masters. The latest incident occurred on an outer court at the Foro Italico with Ruud leading 6-3, 6-7 (5), 2-1. The men's tour said Kyrgios will lose his $33,635 in prize money from the tournament and 45 ATP points, adding there will likely be further punishment pending an investigation.

ROME (AP) — After all these years, Rafael Nadal still knows how to dominate Roger Federer . Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have delivered the best rivarly in tennis in the last decade. After trading breaks midway through the second set, Williams took control again when Azarenka double-faulted to

Rome (AFP). Roger Federer was among dozens of players kept off court by rain on a chilly The policy promises to create ill-will after officials last weekend doubled the price of Wednesday tickets Once he announced his decision to come to Italy after losing a Madrid quarter-final last week to

The 37-year old Federer moved around the court like his younger self as he rifled in 17 winners in the opening set, having broken Sousa in the seventh game before he saved a triple break point, the last one with a stunning crosscourt forehand.

Having broken Sousa's serve in the opening game of the second set, the Swiss maestro was at his best again in the seventh as he saved a double break point and went on to wrap up the entertaining contest.

"I came out of the blocks well and held serve throughout, so I am very happy to be in the next round," said Federer.

"I played today already and Borna didn't. I don't know whether it's a disadvantage or not but either way it's going to be tough."

After crashing out in the semi-finals on home soil in Madrid, Nadal wasted no time in making a statement of intent as he blew away Chardy.

Nadal won 80 percent of the points on both his first and second serve as he tormented the Frenchman with a barrage of stinging baseline shots.

Osaka made a slow start against Cibulkova as the Slovakian broke the world number one in the third game of the opening set but regained her composure quickly.

The Japanese served two aces to save a double break point in the eighth game and enjoyed plain sailing for the rest of the tie after clinching the game with a service winner.

In the men's draw, Fernando Verdasco ground out a surprise 4-6 6-4 7-5 win over fifth seed Dominic Thiem, as did Jan-Lennard Struff with a 6-2 6-3 hammering of Marin Cilic.

(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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