Novak Djokovic maintains impressive run at Italian Open

Novak Djokovic maintains impressive run at Italian Open

Novak Djokovic maintains impressive run at Italian Open

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.

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 a year ago.

This is something unheard of, and hence Djokovic will be desperate to win the ongoing Rome Masters, where he is set to face Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals on Friday.

"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. "But I ll keep fighting". "But in general terms I am happy with the way that I played, obviously".

"I feel like today's match was one of the better ones that I have played this clay-court season, but also in the past couple of months", Djokovic said. "What I know for sure is that I'm doing my very best to rediscover myself in a new way and get the new strength and the new skin, so to speak", he explained.

Thiem saved three match points in beating Sam Querrey 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9/7).

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Isner, meeting Wawrinka for the first time in six years, will now face Marin Cilic after the sixth seed from Croatia beat Belgian David Goffin, the ninth seed, 6-3, 6-4.

The biggest casualty of the day was US Open champion Wawrinka, American Isner surprising the world number three with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 victory. All the players are looking to raise their game for Paris.

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

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.

"It's so different when you're talking about it or when you're playing it", she said.

Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, the seventh seed, won't be going so far after she exited following a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Australian qualifier Daria Gavrilova.

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