Denis Shapovalov stuns Rafael Nadal in Rome

Denis Shapovalov stuns Rafael Nadal in Rome for his first win over the Spaniard on clay

Denis Shapovalov stuns Rafael Nadal in Rome

Denis Shapovalov rallied from a set down to stun Rafael Nadal at the Rome Masters on Thursday.

Shapovalov defeated Nadal 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 to enter the quarterfinal.

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After going down an instant break in the final set, Shapovalov won the final five games as Nadal struggled with an apparent injury, likely related to his chronic left-foot problem.

The one-sided finish belied the hard-fought nature of the contest to that point, with the first two sets seeing a combined 17 break points.

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“I am living with an injury. My day by day is difficult,” Nadal said after the match.

“I am trying hard but of course it’s difficult to accept the situation at times. A lot of days I can’t practise the proper way. Today it started halfway through the second set and it was unplayable for me.”

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It was only the second time in his career that the Canadian had beaten Nadal.

Djokovic halts Wawrinka comeback

Novak Djokovic moved to within one win of retaining his World No. 1 status as he overcame Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday.

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The Serbian soaked up Wawrinka’s heavy ball-striking and pulled the former World No. 3 around to advance to the quarter-finals after 75 minutes.

Djokovic now leads Wawrinka 20-6 in their head to head, with their meeting in Rome their first since the Swiss star defeated the top seed at the US Open in 2019.

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