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Top seed Rafael Nadal is safely into the quarter-finals of the 2018 Italian Open after a straight sets win over 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov on Thursday.

However, there was disappointment for Juan Martin del Potro who was forced to retire in his last 16 game against David Goffin due to injury.

There was also a retirement in the women’s draw as Madison Keys withdrew ahead of her clash with top seed Simona Halep because of a rib injury.

Thursday also saw Venus Williams beaten by Anett Kontaveit, while Jeļena Ostapenko edged Johanna Konta in straight sets.

Here’s a look at Thursday’s results and schedule for the rest of the day.

     

Thursday’s Men’s Results

(4) Marin Cilic bt. Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-4

(9) David Goffin bt (5) Juan del Potro 6-2, 4-5 (Del Potro retired)

Fabio Fognini bt. Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4

(1) Rafael Nadal bt. Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-1

(10) Pablo Carreno Busta bt. Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2

Kyle Edmund vs. (2) Alexander Zverev

Kei Nishikori vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber

(11) Novak Djokovic vs. Albert Ramos 

      

Thursday’s Women’s Results

Anett Kontaveit bt. (8) Venus Williams 6-2, 7-6 (3)

(11) Angelique Kerber bt. Maria Sakkari 6-1, 6-1

(1) Simona Halep vs. (13) Madison Keys (Keys retired)

Elina Svitolina bt. Daria Kasatkina 0-6, 6-3, 6-2

(5) Jeļena Ostapenko bt. Johanna Konta 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Daria Gavrilova vs. Maria Sharapova

(9) Sloane Stephens vs. (7) Caroline Garcia

(15) Anastasija Sevastova vs. (2) Caroline Wozniacki

     

Thursday Recap

Nadal made light work of his teenage opponent as he took the first set with just one break. However, the Canadian made little impression on the Nadal serve, as shown by journalist Jose Morgado:

The second set was even more one-sided as Shapovalov gifted Nadal an early break to love with a double fault. Nadal then demonstrated his ruthlessness by racing to victory and taking the second set 6-1.

The Spaniard looks in great shape on the clay, after his defeat to Dominic Thiem in Madrid, and will face Italian Fognini for a place in the semi-finals.

There will be concern over Del Potro’s fitness after his tournament was prematurely ended by injury. 

The Argentinian lost the first set 6-2 to fifth seed David Goffin but responded well in the second despite being clearly physically hampered.

He saved four break points at the start of the set before breaking the Belgian to move 4-2 up. Del Potro served for the set at 5-3 but could not clinch it and opted to stop rather than risk further injury with the score at 5-4.

Tennis writer Carole Bouchard said he looked in pain throughout the match:

Del Potro has endured an injury-interrupted career and there will be genuine fears now over his fitness for the French Open which starts on Monday.



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