Sports Nadal gains a measure of revenge against Shapovalov in Rome

19:36  17 may  2018
19:36  17 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Shapovalov becomes youngest Madrid semi-finalist

  Shapovalov becomes youngest Madrid semi-finalist Canada's Denis Shapovalov on Friday became the youngest player to reach the Madrid Masters semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 win over Britain's Kyle Edmund.The 19-year-old Shapovalov, regarded as one of the brightest stars on the ATP Tour and ranked at 43 in the world, fired 29 winners past Edmund, a surprise semi-finalist at the Australian Open in January.

Cycling Tour. Canada’s Shapovalov falls short of Madrid Open final with loss to… But the Spaniard can return to top spot with victory in Rome . In the draw announced on Friday, Nadal In the bottom half of the draw, Stan Wawrinka will make his return from injury against American Steve Johnson.

Zverev sauntered past Evgeny Donskoy and Leonardo Mayer, to then gain revenge for Miami Masters final We have to mention the heroics of Shapovalov in the Spanish capital. More importantly, the world No.8 was thrashed 6-1, 6-0 by Djokovic following his Rome triumph against Nadal last year.

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ROME - Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal methodically wore down Denis Shapovalov in a 6-4, 6-1 win to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals and gain a measure of revenge against the Canadian teenager.

Shapovalov saved eight break points in his opening two service games before finally dropping his serve midway through the first set on Thursday.

Shapovalov, who is ranked a career-high No. 29 this week, stunned Nadal in the third round in Montreal last year to deny the Spaniard a chance at regaining the No. 1 ranking.

Nadal is also attempting to regain the top spot this week. He'll replace Roger Federer at No. 1 if he wins an eighth Rome title.

Shapovalov cracks top 30 for first time

  Shapovalov cracks top 30 for first time Canada's Denis Shapovalov cracked the top 30 in the ATP World Tour men's singles rankings for the first time Monday after his strong performance at the recent Madrid Open. Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., rose 14 spots to No. 29, the biggest jump of any player in the top 50. The 19-year-old left-hander reached the semifinal of the clay-court tournament last week, falling to eventual champion Alexander Zverev of Germany. Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., rose 14 spots to No. 29, the biggest jump of any player in the top 50.

Rafael Nadal could soon have a chance at revenge against Dominic Thiem, who snapped the Spaniard’s 50-sets and 21-match clay-court win The top-seeded Nadal , after a first-round bye, could meet countryman Fernando Verdasco and then possibly #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov

Shapovalov enjoyed a breakout performance at last summer's Rogers Cup in Montreal before falling The top seed, who opens his Rome campaign against either Fernando Verdasco or Damir Dzumhur Nadal was not overly concerned as the Monte Carlo Masters in April was the first tournament he

Nadal, who hasn't won the Italian Open since 2013, will next face Fabio Fognini, who beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4 to reach his first quarterfinal in 11 appearances at his home tournament.

The temperamental Fognini slammed his racket midway through the second set and received a warning from the chair umpire but otherwise held his composure to follow up an impressive win over Dominic Thiem a day earlier.

Also, ninth-seeded David Goffin was leading 6-2, 4-5 when Juan Martin del Potro retired because of a groin injury; and 10th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta 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 opponent Madison Keys withdrew from their match due to a right rib injury.

Shapovalov shoots up the rankings with win over Berdych

  Shapovalov shoots up the rankings with win over Berdych Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov pulled off another big win, overcoming a slow start to beat 15th-seeded Tomas Berdych 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the first round of the Italian Open on Tuesday. Also on the red clay of the Foro Italico, three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova defeated 16th-seeded Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.The 19-year-old Shapovalov is coming off a semifinal appearance in last week's Madrid Open, where he beat fellow Canadian Milos Raonic in the Round of 16.Already up to a career-high ranking of 29th this week, the victory over Berdych will move Shapovalov ahead of No.

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Team World’s Denis Shapovalov wasted no time in spelling out what’s at stake when he takes on Alexander Zverev in the night session’s opening match. “We will need the support against Nick and Jack,” Nadal admitted.

Halep needed to reach the quarterfinals and progress further than No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki to hold onto the top spot, and she accomplished the first task.

Wozniacki was facing 15th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in a late match on the red clay of the Foro Italico. The winner will play Anett Kontaveit.

Kontaveit ousted 1999 Rome champion Venus Williams 6-2, 7-6 (3).

Keys also withdrew from the doubles competition, where she was partnered with Williams.

Last year in Rome, Halep rolled her ankle in the final and lost a lead and the championship to Elina Svitolina.

Halep will next play either U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens or seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia.

Svitolina also reached the quarterfinals, overcoming 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.

This is the last major warmup for the French Open, which starts in 10 days.

Jelena Ostapenko, who is preparing to defend her title at Roland Garros, rallied past Johanna Konta 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and will meet either three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova or Daria Gavrilova.

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Shapovalov looking to build on strong year .
Rewind to 12 months ago when Canada's Denis Shapovalov was barely in the top 200 and playing lower-level Futures and Challenger tennis tournaments. What a difference a year makes. Shapovalov has emerged as one of the ATP World Tour's top young stars and is showing that last season's breakout was no fluke. He has defeated some of the best players in the world over the last year and recently became the top-ranked Canadian on the circuit. He's a What a difference a year makes.

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