Rafael Nadal gains a measure of revenge against Denis Shapovalov in Rome

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By: AP | Rome |
Published: May 18, 2018 12:39:21 am


Rafael Nadal is also attempting to regain the top spot this week. (Source: Reuters)

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal methodically wore down Denis Shapovalov in a 6-4, 6-1 win to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals and gain a measure of revenge against the Canadian teenager. Shapovalov saved eight break points in his opening two service games before finally dropping his serve midway through the first set on Thursday. Shapovalov, who is ranked a career-high No. 29 this week, stunned Nadal in the third round in Montreal last year to deny the Spaniard a chance at regaining the No. 1 ranking.

Nadal is also attempting to regain the top spot this week. He’ll replace Roger Federer at No. 1 if he wins an eighth Rome title. Nadal, who hasn’t won the Italian Open since 2013, will next face Fabio Fognini,…

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