Downpour halts Djokovic-Del Potro quarter-final

Downpour halts Djokovic-Del Potro quarter-final

Downpour halts Djokovic-Del Potro quarter-final

The Spaniard, a seven-time champion in Rome, swept Djokovic aside in the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters last week before going on to secure the title.

The Spaniard was too strong and too clever for Jack Sock, winning 6-3 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals.

Fognini, who failed once again to make it past the third round of his home tournament, had defeated British world No 1 Andy Murray on Tuesday evening to hinder the prospects of the three-time major victor repeating a deep run in Paris where he lost to Novak Djokovic previous year.

Djokovic, meanwhile, will face Juan Martin Del Potro in the last eight after the Argentine knocked out seventh seed Kei Nishikori in the round of 16.

Novak Djokovic has endured a disappointing year and recently parted company with his long-time coaching staff, but the Serbian appeared to have rediscovered some drive and broke three times to advance under blue skies in Rome. "But I'll keep fighting".

"I've been doing my best to optimise my game. right now, as days are passing by, I feel more comfortable on the court". All the players are aiming to raise their level of tennis as we're approaching Paris, but especially here in Rome at one of the biggest and best tournaments in the world. I can play a bit more aggressive than the way I played tonight, but overall I m happy.

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Men: Second round: David Goffin bt Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Tomas Berdych bt Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-4; John Isner bt Mayer 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4); Novak Djokovic bt Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (2), 6-2.

The eighth-seeded Austrian was forced to save three match points before battling to a 3-6 6-3 7-6 (9/7) win over another American, Sam Querrey.

Fifth seed Milos Raonic overcame Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-2 and will face Alexander Zverev, a 6-3 6-3 victor over Andy Murray's conqueror Fabio Fognini, in the last eight.

In the women's tournament, Venus Williams overcame determined Briton Johanna Konta to win their third-round clash 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit, who beat top-ranked Angelique Kerber in the second round, continued her dream debut.

Australian Daria Gavrilova beat former finalist and 10th seed Madison Keys 2-6, 7-5, 7-5, while Dutch 15th seed Kiki Bertens put out Monica Niculescu of Romania 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

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