Fired-up Novak Djokovic enters last eight in Rome, Stan Wawrinka out

Fired-up Novak Djokovic enters last eight in Rome, Stan Wawrinka out

Fired-up Novak Djokovic enters last eight in Rome, Stan Wawrinka out

But French Open champion Djokovic said: "I'm getting closer, I feel like today's match was one of the better ones I've played on clay this season, and in the past couple of months".

ROME (AP) - Rafael Nadal's preparations for the French Open continued apace as he swept past 13th-seeded Jack Sock 6-3, 6-4 Thursday to ease into the Italian Open quarterfinals and extend his winning streak to 17 matches. "I am very proud and humbled".

"It was a great match for me", Zverev said.

"I am here to try my best".

"I played a more aggressive game and I'm serving better". But confidence, you can lose it quickly.

Meanwhile, unseeded American John Isner battled into the Rome Masters semis with a 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) win over Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic.

"He has been a bit of a thorn in my side".

"I felt that the start of the season went really well for me this year", Djokovic said at a press conference from Foro Italico where he will play the Masters 1000 tournament in Rome, according to the ATP official website.

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Matt Garza put together his fourth straight quality start, allowing a run on four hits in six innings of work. "I felt relaxed. Also expected to play Friday is 1B-OF Eric Thames , who missed the four-game series in San Diego with strep throat.

After Novak Djokovic's impressive win at the Qatar Open earlier in January, the Serbian player has not won any titles, and we are nearly halfway into 2017.

In the women's draw, Venus Williams defeated Johanna Konta 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

In the absence of sister and defending champion Serena, she will now meet Spain's Garbine Muguruza on Friday for a place in the semis and a possible match-up with Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova.

Djokovic recently broke off his association with his coaching staff, playing in Madrid accompanied on the bench by his brother, Marko, and he said on Monday that he has not yet decided who will be his next coach. There is not even one point that is given.

Potro, on the other hand, comes into this match with some stunning wins against top-ranked players, including Grigor Dimitrov in the round of 64 clash and Kei Nishikori in the round of 16. "I hope to have more luck and more skill".

Russian Federation s Svetlana Kuznetsova, the seventh seed, suffered a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Australian qualifier Daria Gavrilova.

Halep, who reached the French Open final in 2014, now meets Bertens after the 15th seed, ranked 20th in the world, ousted Australian qualifier Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-3.

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