Ruthless Nadal advances, Thiem stung by Fognini (Guardian)

Ruthless Nadal advances, Thiem stung by Fognini (Guardian)

Rafael Nadal showed no signs of fatigue as he dismissed Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-0 to advance to the third round of the on-going Rome Open Tennis Championship. However, Madrid finalist, Dominic Thiem was sent packing by Italy’s Fabio Fognini in three sets 6/4, 1/6, 6/3.

Nadal won the first game of the match when he broke Dzumhur’s serve and held to consolidate. Another break and hold placed Nadal in unassailable 4-0 lead.In the fifth game, Nadal led 40-15, but Dzumhur saved two game points to reach deuce. Nadal required two more opportunities before clinching the game. In the middle of the sixth game the Chair Umpire over-ruled a call after inspecting the point where the ball landed. The respite gave Dzumhur the advantage and he held to the applause of the crowd. However, Nadal served out the set. Read more

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