DAY 5 – Epic Fognini
Zverev crashes italian dreams
Gavrilova and Muguruza fights until 2am!

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02.05 – Daria Gavrilova comes back from 0-4 15-30 on the 3rd set, saves 2 match points and beats Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(6) in 3h 11m. Daria gets Maria Sharapova in R3 later today. This was the latest match, goodnight from Foro Italico.

00.55 – In a very quick press conference Sascha Zverev talks about his opponent Matteo Berrettini and also about his performance: “He’s playing great. I think, if he continues playing like this — I hope his ankle’s okay — he’ll get further in the rankings. I think he’ll be top 100 next week. So, you know, he has a great future. Me, it’s not easy to come from Madrid, where there’s a lot of altitude, it’s very fast, to here. So, I only had basically one day. And for that, I thought I played well. Still, I had some adjustments to do in the first set. But then, once I got going in the second set, I thought I played great.”

00.53 – Tomorrow’s schedule is out: click here to see it.

00.46 – Garbine Muguruza and Daria Gavrilova are at the 3rd set. A beautiful battle during the night. First set Muguruza 7-5, second set Gavrilova 6-2.

22.57 – Sascha Zverev wins in two straight sets (7-5 6-1) against Matteo

Matteo Berrettini (Foto Giampiero Sposito)

Berrettini. 3rd round tomorrow with Edmund. Denis Shapovalov (29 ATP) beats Robin Haase 7-6(3) 6-7(5) 6-3 and will be the next opponent of Rafael Nadal on R3. Now on court the last match of the day: Muguruza vs Gavrilova.

 22.20 – Kyle Edmund needs 2 sets to beat Pouille 6-2 7-6(3).

21.58 – Zverev breaks at the right time and takes the first set 7-5 over Berrettini. Another Tie-break but this time is Robin Haase to prevail (7 points to 5). Third set with Denis Shapovalov (29 ATP). Pouille vs Edmund 2-6 4-3.

21.30 – Kyle Edmund (19 ATP) wins the first set 6-2 over the french Lucas Pouille (16 ATP)

21.05 – Denis Shapovalov (29 ATP) takes the first set 7-6(3) from Robin Haase (44 ATP). Sascha Zverev is now in action for his 2nd round match on court Centrale against the italian wild card Matteo Berrettini. Kyle Edmund (19 ATP) is leading 3-1 against Lucas Pouille (16 ATP).

20.45 – Good debut today for Juan Martin Del Potro who defeated the Next Gen Stefano Tsitsipas on court Pietrangeli. This court is the favourite from the players: “It’s a great atmosphere on that court. All the players like to play in Pietrangeli court. And we feel the fans pretty close to us. And they create a good atmosphere. They make their own game, beside our game. I will play the same court tomorrow, which is nice for me”.  Speaking his opponent: “I think he has a big potential to keep improve his game. He plays really, really good match at the beginning of the match today. I think he has everything to win, even better in the future. I like the way of his game. And he have all the potential to be dangerous for us in the future.”

20.41 – Maria Sharapova (40 WTA) has come back from a set down to defeat Dominika Cibulkova (34 WTA), 3-6 6-4 6-2.

Maria Sharapova (Foto Antonio Costantini)

20.30 –  Caroline Wozniacki (2 WTA) ousts Alison Van Uytvanck (49 WTA) 6-1 6-4 to win her 1st match at Foro Italico since 2011. Moves to round 3 and will play against the 15th seed Anastasija Sevastova.

20.10 – Benoit Paire (52 ATP) outlasts Diego Schwartzman (15 ATP) 2-6 6-4 6-2 from 2-6, 2-4 down. Won 10 of the last 12 games. 3rd against Marin Cilic (4 ATP).

19.58 – Venus Williams (9 WTA) gets the win.  Elena Vesnina (44 WTA)

served for it but the American prevails 6-2 4-6 7-5 in 2h12m. She will face Anett Kontaveit (26 WTA). Maria Sharapova has saved 2 break points to get on board in the 3rd set, 3-6 6-4 the score.

18.55 – Maria Sharapova (40 WTA) loses the first set, 6-3, with Dominika Cibulkova (34 WTA).

18.51 – Nadal meets the press and talks about his easy win against Dzumur“A positive match, of course. Good start here. It is important, after a loss in Madrid, it’s important to come back strong. And that’s what I did today. I went on court with the right intensity. I don’t know how many mistakes I did, but not much. And having the control, more or less, of a high percentage of the points. So that was the way that I want to play. And today was a positive day, of course.”  The day after the loss in Madrid he didn’t play: “I took one day off. And I flew the next day later here to Rome to sleep here and to have the chance to practice on Sunday.” He also speaks about the funny hitting with Maria Sharapova“It was a great feeling. She has a great intensity. It was a great feeling. It was a good experience.”

18.48 – Juan Martin Del Potro (6 ATP) downs Next Gen’s Stefanos Tsitsipas (43 ATP) 7-5 6-3 to meet David Goffin (10 ATP) on 3rd round. Maria Shapova is down 5-3 on first set against Dominika Cibulkova (34 WTA).

18.05 – Win for Angelique Kerber (12 WTA) over Irina-Camelia Begu (41 WTA). 3-6 7-5 7-5 after over 2h and 30m. Faces Sakkari in Round 3. 15th seed Anastasija Sevastova upsets lucky loser Aleksandra Krunic (46 WTA) 6-4 6-4.

18.00 – Marin Cilic (4 ATP) runs away with the third set tiebreak and beats Ryan Harrison (57 ATP) 6-7(3), 6-1, 7-6(1). No American men reach the third round in Rome. 7 seed Kevin Anderson retired down 6-4. Aljaz Bedene (65 ATP) goes through to face Pablo Carreno Busta (11 ATP) on 3rd round.

Kei Nishikori (Foto Antonio Costantini)

17.00 – Former World No. 4 Kei Nishikori beats current World No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov 6-7(4) 7-5 6-4 in 2nd Round, spoiling Bulgarian’s 27th birthday.

16.33 – Spain’s number 10 seed Pablo Carreno Busta (11 ATP) defeated his 2nd round opponent Steve Johnson (48 ATP) 6-4 2-6 6-4.

16.28 – 4 Time Rome Champion Novak Djokovic (18 ATP) will face Albert Ramos-Vinolas (41 ATP) in the 3rd round following a 6-4, 6-2 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili (74 ATP).

16.13 – Marin Cilic (5 ATP) versus Ryan Harrison (57 ATP) match continues from last night. Stopped at the tiebreak at 3-3, Cilic doesn’t win any point anymore and Harrison wins 7-3.

15.52 – Anett Kontaveit (26 WTA) reaches the 3rd round with a win over the russian Svetlana

Kuznetsova (39 WTA), 7-5 7-5. Djokovic wins 6-4 the first set against Basilashvili.

15.45 –  Rafael Nadal has no resistance from Damir Dzumhur (31 ATP) and wins 6-1 6-0, good way to begin his quest for title no.8 in Rome. Djokovic 4-4 on first set against Nikoloz Basilashvili (74 ATP); Grigor Dimitrov is leading 7-6(4) 4-4 on Kei Nishikori; Steve Johnson and Pablo Carreno Busta are 1 set all, 6-4 2-6.

15.32 – Fabio Fognini is very happy for the win today against Dominic Thiem: “I played a good match, in the second set I didn’t played well and when I was down 5-0 I was already thinking about the 3rd set where I raised my level and tried to be more aggressive especially on return.”  Also Thiem commented the match: “It was a good match, actually, from both of us, I would say. Was a very intense fight, basically from the beginning to the end. So I’m disappointed that I lost, obviously. But game-wise, I’m not really disappointed. I mean, there would have been chances to win the match. If you compare it to last year or to Madrid there was, as well, a lot of close matches which I could have lost. And today, it happened. And he played well. The whole match was good. So, it’s a loss which is not too painful, which is just, motivating me for next week.”

15.28 – Johanna Konta (22 WTA) is through to the 3rd round defeating 6-0 6-4 Su-Wei Hsieh (50 WTA) who beat her in Roland Garros 1st round last year. Dimitrov wins the first set 7-6(4) against Nishikori. He was down 5-3.

14.58 – Good win for Madison Keys (14 WTA) 7-6 (2), 7-6 (0) over the qualified Donna Vekic (52 WTA). Next takes on top-seeded Simona Halep.

14.57 – Drama on court Pietrangeli, on 5-5 deuceas smash

Karolina Pliskova (Foto Antonio Costantini)

Pliskova believes to be in is called out and then there is some confusion over which mark the ball made. The supervisor is called but the call stands, much to Pliskova’s fury as it gives Sakkari advantage and break point at  a crucial stage of the match. Pliskova loses that game and after, the match, then she destroyed the umpire’s chair. Final score 3-6 6-3 7-5, Sakkari into round 3.

14.20 – Fabio Fognini (21 ATP) delights the crowd with 6-4 1-6 6-3 upset win over Madrid runner-up Dominic Thiem (8 ATP). On round 3 will play against Peter Gojowczyk (53 ATP).

14.05 – Albert Ramos-Vinolas (41 ATP) edges number 8 seed, John Isner 6-7(5) 7-6(2) 7-6(5) in 2 hours and 52 minutes.

13.52 – Sakkari takes the second set, 6-3, against Pliskova! 

13.50 – Sloane Stephens (10 WTA) defeats Kaia Kanepi (59 WTA) 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 to the reach the 3rd round in Rome. Stephens will play against Caroline Garcia (7 WTA). Daria Kasatkina (13 WTA) is through the R3 with a 6-2 6-3 win over qualified Danielle Collins (47 WTA). Kasatkina will face defending champions Elina Svitolina (4 WTA) next.

13.21 – Thiem comes back & takes the 2nd set, 6-1 against Fognini.

13.12 – Training time also for Maria Sharapova. She will play the 4th match on center court today against Dominika Cibulkova.

13.07 – Greece’s Maria Sakkari (42 WTA) loses the first set 6-3 against sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova. Daria Kasatkina (13 WTA) takes the 1st set 6-2 versus Danielle Collins (47 WTA) in the 2nd Round.

12.59 – Fabio Fognini (21 ATP) takes the first set 6-4 over seed number 6 Dominic Thiem, playing very aggressive and with an unusually high number of backend winner. John Isner after winning first set 7-6(5), lose  the second, 7-6(2), against Ramos-VinolasCaroline Garcia (7 WTA) beats 6-3 6-4  Timea Babos (38 WTA) and waits at round 3 Stephens or Kanepi, whom are playing the third set now on Next Gen Arena. Meanwhile Rafa is practising for his match against Damir Dzumhur (31 ATP).

Simona Halep (Foto Antonio Costantini)

12.15 – Number 1 seed Simona Halep exact revenge on Naomi Osaka (21 WTA) winning 12 games in row, 6-1 6-0. Halep wanted to forget the defeat suffered in semifinal match at Indian Wells where Osaka won 6-3 6-0. After the match the world number 1 said: “I’m feeling good, Pietrangeli is my favourite court, I tried to be aggressive and reduce the number of errors. I love Rome and I love to play here.”

12.05 – John Isner (9 ATP) wins the first set guess how? At the tie break, 7 points to 5 against Albert Ramos-Vinolas (41 ATP). Caroline Garcia (7 WTA) is 1 set up (6-3) versus Timea Babos (38 WTA). Halep has won 10 games in a row and is up 6-1, 4-0 on Osaka.

11.47 – An impressive 6-1 set for Halep, winning the last 11 points on Osaka‘s serve. Sloane Stephens (9 WTA) 6-0 1-0 with a break up against the qualified Kaia Kanepi (59 WTA).

11.00 – The sun’s shining over the Foro Italico and the players are ready to battle. Day full of beautiful matches. World No. 1’s Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep, defending champion Alexander Zverev and Grand Slam winners Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams are just some of the names in action on a blockbuster day at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Wednesday.

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