Rafael Nadal reacts to getting back to winning ways in Rome

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I can have some more practice days.

Shapovalov was ranked 143rd in the world when he defeated Nadal at the Rogers Cup last August, but the Spaniard proved far too good on his favoured surface of Rome as he set up a quarter-final against Fabio Fognini. But with my serve, I didn't lose many points. "He probably stopped to serve that big a little bit, and I was a little bit more relaxed".

"It was important, after a loss in Madrid, to come back strong, and that's what I did today", said Nadal following his demolition of Dzumhur.

Maria Sharapova saved two break points in the third set to get past Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Fabio Fognini got the Foro Italico crowd fired up Wednesday with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem in the second round of the Italian Open. The Madrid loss was clearly an aberration and Rafa is definitely looking determined to head to Paris with an eighth title on claycourts of Rome.

The 16-time Grand Slam victor next takes on Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov who dug deep in a 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 win over Robin Haase of the Netherlands.

Fourth seed Marin Cilic accounted for Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3 6-4 while British No.1 Kyle Edmund was valiant in defeat to second seed Alexander Zverev, falling 7-5 7-6 (13-11). "I know I have to play well, to keep having chances and keep going in the tournament".

The 21-year-old will play Belgian David Goffin who advanced when Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro retired while trailing 6-2, 4-5 with a groin injury.

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Shapovalov is 7-4 on clay this year, including a run to the semifinals at Madrid.

Djokovic, back after a troublesome elbow injury, showed flashes of his formidable best as he beat Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1 7-5 and will meet Japan's Kei Nishikori in the next round.

Halep needs to reach at least the quarterfinals or risk losing the top spot to Caroline Wozniacki.

Halep next plays U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens or seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia.

Dane Wozniacki was given a scare by Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova before closing out the match 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

Three-time victor Maria Sharapova ousted Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-4 and will play fifth seed and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko who saw off Britain's Johanna Konta 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Venus Williams, who won the Rome title back in 1999 and is bidding for her 50th career title this week, got her first win on clay this season.

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