Federer raises two match balls and Djokovic sweeps

The Swiss had no problems against Sousa (6-4 and 6-3), but suffered a lot with Coric, who had to overcome a set. The Serbian, KO to Shapovalov and Kohlschreiber.

Roger Federer stepped on the tracks of the 1000 Masters of Rome, after two years of absence, with a solid victory by 6-4 and 6-3 against Joao Sousa. The Swiss, four times finalist in the clay of the Foro Italico, took 1h: 21 to break the Portuguese the second confrontation between them, after the duel of Halle 2016, on grass.

The Basel player, 37 years old and semifinalist last week in Madrid, was going to debut in Rome this Wednesday, but the heavy rain that fell all day at the Foro Italico forced the cancellation of the entire program. After winning to Sousa, it was turn of eighth against Borna Coric. Y suffered greatly the champion of 20 great, who had to overcome a set and raise two match balls: 2-6, 6-4 and 7-6 (9/7).

Djokovic will face Del Potro

For his part, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, four times champion, rolled 6-1 and 6-3 on Thursday to Canadian Denis Shapovalov, in a 66-minute match, and sealed the ticket for the eighth finals. Djokovic, number 1 in the world and recent champion in Madrid, confirmed the triumph achieved against Shapovalov this year at the Australian Open and awaits the winner of the match between the German Philip Kohlschreiber and the Italian Marco Cecchinato in eighths.

In the center court of the Foro Italico, the Serbian disputed a solid match, did not grant any chance of breakage and took the limit to Shapovalov, who had to surrender in little more than an hour, in his second appearance on the Roman clay.

After, the Serbian he eliminated Philipp Kohlschreiber (6-3, 6-0) in the fast lane to get into the quarterfinals, which he will play against Juan Martín del Potro. The Argentine won on Thursday by a double 6-4 to the Norwegian Casper Ruud and sealed the pass to the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 in Rome. The number 9 of the ATP ranking, fit a 2-0 at the start of the first set, but recovered the break immediately and then was unstoppable to serve to impose its law against the young Ruud, 20 years and winner in 2016 "Challenger" de Sevilla.

The player of Tandil reached the finals for the third time in Roma and did so after winning two games in the space of a few hours. In fact, he also eliminated the Belgian David Goffin, in the match corresponding to the second round postponed to this Thursday because of the rain that fell in Rome on Wednesday.

Cilic is dismissed in the second round

The Croatian Marin Cilic, semifinalist in 2018 and number 10 of the world, he said goodbye on Thursday of the 1000 Masters of Rome in the second round, when falling by 6-2 and 6-3 before the German Jan Lennard Struff, number 51 of the ranking ATP.

Cilic, who two days ago had suffered in his debut to beat the Italian Andrea Basso, number 416 in the world and who participated with special invitation, succumbed in 68 minutes to Struff, a rival who had beaten last week in Madrid.

Struff, semifinalist in Auckland this year, will be the faces in the round of 16 with the Japanese Kei Nishikori, who triumphed this Thursday before the American Taylor Fritz (6-2 and 6-4). It will be the first clash between the German and the Japanese, semifinalist in the Roman clay in 2016.

Schwartzman flies to the quarterfinals

The Argentine Diego Schwartzman flew to the quarterfinals of the 1000 Masters in Rome, on Thursday, 6-3 and 6-4 Italian Matteo Berrettini, executioner in the previous round of German Alexander Zverev.

Schwartzman, born in Buenos Aires 26 years ago and number 24 of the ATP ranking, took an hour and 35 minutes to subdue Berrettini, number 33 of the world, and sealed the best result of his career in the Roman clay.


The Argentine player advanced two rounds in a single day, since in the Italian morning won the Spanish Albert Ramos (7-6 (5) and 6 -2), in a game initially scheduled for Wednesday and postponed to this Thursday because of the rain. In the quarterfinals, Schwartzman will face the winner of the match between the German Jan Lennard Struff and the Japanese Kei Nishikori, semifinalist in 2016.

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