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Nadal races into Rome quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal (AP)
Rafael Nadal (AP)

Rome - Defending champion Rafael Nadal lost just two games in two matches before booking his place in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Thursday.

The eight-time Rome champion beat Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-0 in the third round after earlier crushing France's Jeremy Chardy 6-0, 6-1 in the second round, playing two matches after Wednesday's rain washout in Rome.

Nadal next plays fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco who defeated 11th-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.

The 32-year-old Nadal is bidding for his first clay-court title this season before chasing a 12th French Open crown at Roland Garros starting on May 26.

Results from the ATP and WTA Italian Open in Rome on Thursday (x denotes seeding):

Men

2nd rd

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 6-1, 6-3

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) bt Marco Cecchinato (ITA x16) 6-3, 6-3

Casper Ruud (NOR) bt Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-1 -- defaulted

Juan Martn Del Potro (ARG x7) bt David Goffin (BEL) 6-4, 6-2

Diego Schwartzman (ARG) bt Albert Ramos Vinolas (ESP) 7-6 (7/5), 6-1

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) bt Marin Cilic (CRO x9) 6-2, 6-3

Kei Nishikori (JPN x6) bt Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-2, 6-4

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x8) bt Jannik Sinner (ITA) 6-3, 6-2

Fabio Fognini (ITA x10) bt Radu Albot (MDA) 7-6 (8/6), 6-3

Roger Federer (SUI x3) bt Joo Sousa (POR) 6-4, 6-3

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) bt Dominic Thiem (AUT x5) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5

Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Jrmy Chardy (FRA) 6-0, 6-1

3rd rd

Juan Martn Del Potro (ARG x7) bt Casper Ruud (NOR) 6-4, 6-4

Diego Schwartzman (ARG) bt Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 6-3, 6-4

Roger Federer (SUI x3) bt Borna Coric (CRO x13) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9/7)

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) bt Karen Khachanov (RUS x11) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO x14) 6-1, 6-0

Women

2nd rd

Naomi Osaka (JPN x1) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 6-3, 6-3

Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROM) bt Julia Goerges (GER x16) 6-4, 3-6, 4-4 -- retired

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) bt Alize Cornet (FRA) 6-3, 3-0 -- retired

Kiki Bertens (NED x6) bt Amanda Anisimova (USA) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) bt Simona Halep (ROM x3) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3

Daria Kasatkina (RUS) bt Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

Johanna Konta (GBR) bt Sloane Stephens (USA x7) 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-1

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) bt Danielle Collins (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

Sofia Kenin (USA) bt Madison Keys (USA x13) 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-4

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) bt Belinda Bencic (SUI) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

Maria Sakkari (GRE) bt Anett Kontaveit (EST x14) 6-3, 6-2

Petra Kvitova (CZE x2) bt Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 6-0, 6-1

3rd rd

Naomi Osaka (JPN x1) bt Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROM) 6-3, 6-3

Kiki Bertens (NED x6) bt Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3

Johanna Konta (GBR) bt Venus Williams (USA) 6-2, 6-4

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) bt Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 6-4, 3-1 -- retired

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) bt Ashleigh Barty (AUS x8) 6-2, 6-3

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