LIVE BLOG: THURSDAY 16TH MAY
Super Thursday! Osaka, Rafa, Nole OK, out Thiem. Great match Federer vs. Coric
23.23 – Kvitova retires! The left-handed Czech forced to retire due to a calf problem, when she was under 0-4 in the third set. What a pity for the former Wimbledon champion, who this morning had enchanted with her technical and highly spectacular tennis. The Greek arrives at the quarters. Tomorrow will face Mladenovic, in a match difficult to predict.
This long day of tennis ends here. Good Night!
23.11 – Game Set Match Tsitsipas! The Greek does not struggle, his arm runs free: first services, forehands, backhands. 40-15, TsiTsi was match point. First Serve at the T, Fabio boast a forehand return but the ball ends out. Tsitsipas deserved success, he played a tremendous consistent tennis, as well as brilliant. 14 winners and 12 errors for the Greek in the match; 22 errors for the Italian. With Fognini’s loss, all the Italians players are out of the tournament.
21.43 – Vondrousova wins! On the Pietrangeli ends the female program with the suffered and well deserved victory of the Czech on Kasatkina, 6-2 in the third set. Just after the match point, the chorus “Fabbbbioooo, Fabbbbiooo” got up, Fognini Tsitsipas is coming!
21.32 – Game set match Djokovic! The No. 1 rolls 6-0 to “Kolhi”. After the match, Nole stops with fans, ready for a well-deserved rest after the “double round”. Novak underlined the tough day by his signature on the camera, an eloquent “FORCE”. Tomorrow it will be great tennis: he will play DelPo in the night session.
20.51 – Awesome Nadal! 6-1 6-0 in Basilashvili, a sort of training for “El Rey”. Kasatkina doesn’t give up, she won the second set 6-2, the third will decide the match. Kvitova and Sakkari will soon be on court, will Petra be able to repeat the great performance of this morning?
20.10 – GAME SET MATCH FEDERER !!!! Great emotions, continuous up and down. Coric arrives at two match points at 6-4, but Roger cancels them and closes 9-7 in a total “pademonium”. What a match!
19.41 – Rafa “in da house”! The eighth-time IBI champion finally enters in the Centre Court. He face Basilashvili, an hard hitter tennis player from the baseline. 3-3 between Struff and Nishikori in the second set. Vondrousova leads 3-1 on Kasatkina.
19.07 – SET FEDERER! Up and down Roger: he takes a break at 5-3, the at 5-4 break Coric and levels the set count. The statistics of points won with the first service: 75%. When Federer has these numbers or above, he hardly loses the set. Osaka secures her match, double 6-3.
17.50 – Roger on the Grandstand, faces the Croatian Coric, trained by Riccardo Piatti (attending in the stands). Borna breaks Federer at the opening, 2-0. Federer pushes too much and slips 30-40, facing another break point. High rotation rally, Coric fires a down the line backhand, Roger passing shoots is poor… Another break, 3-0 Coric. Federer discusses with the referee Bernardes, visibly annoyed.
17.05 – Cecchinato loses, double 6-3 from Kohlschreiber. Verdasco 7-5 the first partial on Khachanov. Vika Azarenka ahead 6-4 2-1 and service on Muguruza, is leading the game in this match. Konta one step away from ousting Venus Williams, serves ahead 6-2 5-4. Bertens leads 5-3 on Suarez Navarro.
16.32 – Fognini overturns the trend of the first set, finding the counter-break on Albot and then flying to set point on 5-4. Fabio does not transform (backhand error), the Moldavian goes up to 5. Berrettini loses the first 6-3 on the Grandstand. Other matches in progress: Verdasco Khachanov 2 even in the first set; Mladenovic aeses 6-2 3-2 and service on Barty; Azarenka 4-3 and service on Muguruza.
15.56 – Game interrupted on the Grandstand. A spectator felt bad, the players are sitting waiting, with tournament director Sergio Palmieri on the field to understand the situation. 2-1 ahead Schwartzman without break the score at the time of the stop.
15.27 – ALERT HALEP! Simona leaves the tournament, defeated in three sets by Vondrousova. Simona certainly suffered from the leg problem. The female draw loses one of its stars.
15.17 – GAME SET MATCH DJOKOVIC! 6-1 6-3 on Shapovalov. Too solid Novak, too many errors from Denis. Del Potro defeated Goffin in two sets, an excellent entry into the tournament for the Tandil giant.
14.30 – Spectacular show of “the Frecce Tricolori” over the Foro Italico! Our Aeronautic Aerobatic flying team drew the greatest tricolor ever traced in the sky!
14.12 – Few words by Roger Federer after his debut victory. Q.: Unusual situation because of the rain yesterday. How are you going to prepare for this match? How challenging is it?
ROGER FEDERER: “Yeah, I mean, I think, like any other practice day when you play twice a day, you finish the first session, take a shower, eat something, relax, get ready for the next one. The good thing is that this one was not very physical. I think it gives me some good information. I believe it’s going to be similar conditions in the match this afternoon”.
14.05 – Novak Djokovic is entering the Centre court, making his debut in the tournament, opposed to the Canadian talent Denis Shapovalov. It could be one of the most spectacular matches of the day!
13.45 – Rafa rolls over Chardy with an eloquent 6-0 6-1. The king of clay is back in the city! Next opponent the powerful Georgian Basilashvili. It will be the first match of the evening session on the Centre court, not before 7.30pm.
13.31 – Game set match Roger! Federer eases on Sousa, 6-4 6-3 the score. Next opponent: Borna Coric. Soon on the Centre court a super match: Djokovic vs. Shapovalov.
13.07 – Forced to the “double match” today, Nadal is in a hurry! Rafa stuns Chardy 6-0, very good with the first service (80% of points won). Struff won the first set 6-2 and is ahead 3-1 in the second vs. Cilic; Nishikori ready to close on Fritz: 6-4 5-2 and service for the Japanese.
12.54 – Fernandooooo Game Set Match! Verdasco wins a beautiful match on Pietrangeli. The Spaniard will be Khachanov’s next opponent. Out Thiem, one of Nadal’s biggest rivals (and Dominic was in the same slot of the draw).
12.42 – Roger on court! The Swiss champion is back to IBI after 3 years. On the Centre court, ahead 4-3 and service, struggle 0-40, three break points for Sousa! Federer washes them, but above all he pulls a cross passing shot, on a stretch, from outside the field, of an unreal difficulty, snatching the point of 5-3. Standing Ovation for the King.
12.03 – Game set match Osaka! The n.1 is the first to win her match today, 6-3 6-3 the score. Wonderful fighting between Bertens and Anisimova! A break up Kiki, some impressive shots by Bertens, 4-3 ahead. Anisimova doesn’t give up, struggle and rise 5-4. Bravo Fernando, close the second set 6-4 over Thiem, we expect a stunning third set on the Pietrangeli! Muguruza 5-0 up in the third. Game set match Mladenovic, 6-1 in the third set over Bencic.
11.05 – Great start for Naomi Osaka: won the first set 6-3 and is a break ahead in the second, 2-0 the score. Thiem 6-4 over Verdasco on the Pietrangeli (4-1 ahead, then 4 even then the last break). Stephens won 7-6 the first set vs. Konta. Muguruza wins the first set 6-4, but is 0-3 vs. Collins in the second set. Great tennis at the Foro Italico, and we are just at the beginning!
10.00 – GOOOOOOOD MORNING ROMA! Glorious day this morning, full sun and clear sky. Today fans will witness something historical: an unprecedented amount of tennis with all the champions on court twice on the same day ! The first matches are just started. On the Centre court Osaka vs. Cibulkova; on the Grandstand Bertens vs. Anisimova; on the Pietrangeli Thiem vs. Verdasco; court 1 Collins vs. Muguruza; court 2 Konta vs. Stephens; court 3 Bencic vs. Mladenovic; court 4 Schwartzman vs. Ramos Vinolas; court 6 Goerges vs. Buzarnescu. Ready ????? GO!