Fognini opens the day five Centre Court action, Nishikori and Del Potro to face off

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Fabio Fognini will get the order of play on Centre Court underway on day five of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia when he takes on No. 16 seed Alexander Zverev.

The Italian world No. 29 knocked defending champion Andy Murray out of the tournament on Tuesday and he will be hoping he can reproduce the kind of dazzling form he showed in that match when he faces the talented young German in front of a passionate home crowd.

There are some mouth-watering matches in prospect on Next Gen Arena as the court plays host to Marin Cilic and David Goffin’s third round match as well as the battle between Kei Nishikori and Juan Martin Del Potro. No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka also faces John Isner there, as does Garbine Muguruza, who secured her first clay court victory of 2017 on Wednesday night, who takes on Julia Goerges.

No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic will need to find a way past Roberto Bautista Agut on Centre Court if he is to remain on course for a fifth Italian Open title, while Rafael Nadal, who recorded his 50th victory at the Foro Italico on Wednesday, opens the night session against Jack Sock.

The final Centre Court match of the day will be between No. 2 seed Karolina Pliskova and Timea Bacsinszky in what will be a repeat of their second round match here two years ago. Bacsinszky won in straight sets on that occasion, but the Czech has won all three of their matches since.

Madrid champion Simona Halep will be hoping to maintain her winning streak when she takes on Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Pietrangeli Court, while a quarterfinal spot awaits the winner of Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych’s match later on the same court.

Venus Williams and Miami Open champion Johanna Konta are second up on the main show court. The British No. 5 seed has won their last three meetings but the pair has never played on clay.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elina Svitolina and Dominic Thiem are also in action on Thursday.

Thursday’s order of play

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