It was a good day for superstar tennis stars as World No. 2 Rafael Nadal along with top-ranked Serbian Novak Djokovic and 20-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer progressed to quarter finals in Italian Open 2019 on Thursday. Spanish Star Nadal started his day with a successful win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy by 6-0, 6-1 in 66 minutes of action in the second round of clay court tournament. It took only 62 minutes for Spaniard to knock out Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia with a margin of 6-1, 6-0 in the third round. With this clinical triumph, Nadal cruised to quarterfinals where he will next face 38th-ranked countryman Fernando Verdasco who shocked the Australian star Dominic Thiem by 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 earlier in the tournament. It took two hours and 43 minutes for Verdasco to topple over World No.4 Thiem.
Speaking about his two-round victory celebration, Rafael Nadal said, “playing two matches is a very dangerous day. I was able to manage it well. Played well, especially I think better in the afternoon than the morning. I’m happy about that level in the afternoon.”
Apart from Nadal, Serbian legend, Novak Djokovic who recently clinched his third maiden title of Madrid Open this week, has reached to the quarters of Italian Open 2019 on Thursday. The 31-year-old 15-time Grand Slam title winner edged past Denis Shapovalov of Canada with a 6-1, 6-3 margin in the second round while in the third round the Serb thrashed Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber by 6-3, 6-0. Novak who had clinched the title of Italian open four times, is looking forward to adding one more crown. Djokovic will next take on the World No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro in the quarters.
Expressing himself about the next thrilling battle with Argentine professional, Djokovic said, “of course, he probably prefers because of style of play hard court more. He played equally well throughout his career on clay”.
On the other side, it was not an easy win for World No. 3 Roger Federer as compared to Nadal and Djokovic as the Swiss veteran narrowly escaped the defeat against 13th seeded Borna Coric to advance in quarters. The 101 ATP title winner saved two-break points to beat Croatian favourite in the third round of Italian Open.