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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Italian Open: Federer, Nadal and Osaka reach third round-Last16

 Italian Open 2019: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal & Naomi Osaka reach third round-Last 16.





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 as top seed Novak Djokovic and holder Rafael Nadal also reached the last 16.




Italian Open 2019: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal & Naomi Osaka reach third round-Last 16.





Making his first appearance since 2016, Swiss four-time finalist Federer, 37, beat Sousa 6-4 6-3 in one hour 21 minutes to reach the third round.

Spain's defending champion Nadal, 32, took one hour eight minutes to beat France's Jeremy Chardy 6-0 6-1.

Federer plays Borna Coric next, while Nadal faces Nikoloz Basilashvili.



World number one Novak Djokovic from Serbia beat 20-year-old Denis Shapovalov 6-1 6-3, while Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas - beaten by Djokovic in the Madrid Open final on Sunday - defeated Jannik Sinner 6-3 6-2.

Barcelona Open champion Dominic Thiem lost 4-6 6-4 7-5 to world number 38 Fernando Verdasco.

Germany's world number 51 Jan-Lennard Struff beat ninth seed Marin Cilic 6-2 6-3 to set up a meeting with Japan's Kei Nishikori, who beat Taylor Fritz 6-2 6-4.

Argentine Juan Martin del Potro will face Norwegian Ruud after beating David Goffin 6-4 6-2.

Ruud led 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 2-1 when Kyrgios forfeited the match.





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.

Osaka made a slow start as the Slovakian broke the world number one in the third game of the opening set, but she 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.





www.reuters.com/news/archive/sport-tennis




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