Vondrousova downs Halep again, then Kasatkina to reach Rome QF

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during a training session during day three of the International BNL d'Italia at Foro Italico

While the women's field will crown a new champion after rounds of injuries and upsets, the men's final features two of the titans, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, locking up for another Rome title, another Masters shield and the confidence of going into the French Open as arguably the favorite.

But Nadal, a 17-time Grand Slam victor, has not dropped a set all week en route to an 11th Rome final.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic outlasted Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in an entertaining slugfest that lasted more than three hours and finished after 1 a.m. local time at the Foro Italico. "But I never lost faith", the four-time Rome victor said.

Bertens, who won the Madrid Open last week, will face Johanna Konta, who beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

World number one Djokovic, victor at the Madrid Open last week, produced an error-strewn performance in his 54th meeting with second-ranked Nadal.

The 32-year-old broke Tsitsipas's serve early in both sets while holding his own service games as he wrapped up victory in one hour 42 minutes.

The 37-year-old Swiss, who was making a return to the European clay court season after two years away, won back-to-back matches against Joao Sousa and Borna Coric to reach the quarter-finals on Thursday. I'm playing better every match, every week and improving.

"The shots that I played today, I played similar shots last week", Tsitsipas said. The game handicap line is set at -4.5 for Nadal here, and in three-set matches since 2016 where he's been priced between [1.20] and [1.40] on clay, he's covered this line nine of thirteen times.

More news: Man City referred to UEFA financial body in fair play probe

The Spaniard dominated early with Djokovic losing a set 6-0 for the first time to a player he describes as his "greatest rival".

"I woke up this morning and couldn't really move my thumb", Osaka said.

Nadal faces Tsitsipas on Saturday, one week after the latter was victorious in their semi-final meeting in Madrid.

"I played a solid match against a good player who is winning a lot of matches on this surface".

An abdominal injury had forced Osaka to pull out ahead of her semi-final clash in Stuttgart last month before she was beaten by Belinda Bencic in the Madrid Open quarter-finals.

"She's very hard to play in that sense because she has a big serve, she has big shots, but she's also backing it up withbeing incredibly astute on court".

The 15-time Grand Slam victor next plays Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who eliminated Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-2. I think that gave me the upper hand in stringing some more points together.

"But my feeling, especially after my loss against (Dominic) Thiem in the semi-finals of Barcelona, I think my personal feeling improved and my energy came back a little bit".

Related News:

  • President Trump unveils his administration’s new immigration plan

    President Trump unveils his administration’s new immigration plan

    Unfortunately, the current immigration rules allow foreign workers to substitute for Americans seeking entry-level jobs, he said. The company said it has spent more than $60 billion building operations in the country, including 10 manufacturing plants.
    'The Bells' is the lowest-rated episode in 'Game of Thrones' history

    'The Bells' is the lowest-rated episode in 'Game of Thrones' history

    The blockbuster hit show has offered up a short final season - just six episodes - but some of them have been long. Plus, they did Jaime, Tyrion , Grey Worm, Varys , and Cersei real dirty, as Kirk and I discuss.
    Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 Removed From Epic Mega Sale

    Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 Removed From Epic Mega Sale

    You can't even create a wishlist to inform you of sales prices, something that seems basic by today's standards. Supergiant has brought Hades' base price back down to $19.99, where it will stay for the duration of the sale.
  • Now we know why Donald Trump was SO focused on Michael Flynn

    Now we know why Donald Trump was SO focused on Michael Flynn

    Special counsel Robert Mueller departs after having dinner at Martin's Tavern in Georgetown, May 6, 2019, in Washington . Court records released Thursday night revealed previously unknown details of Flynn's cooperation.
    Kim Kardashian West 'names fourth child' with Kanye

    Kim Kardashian West 'names fourth child' with Kanye

    This was after she suffered a condition called placenta accreta, which is where the placenta grows too deeply into the uterus. But some fans were confused by the name as one wrote: 'Jokes on you kimye cause I can't pronounce psalm properly anyway'.
    Oil Prices Edge Higher After Saudi Attacks

    Oil Prices Edge Higher After Saudi Attacks

    Arab News is owned and managed by members of the Saudi royal family, and is considered a government-aligned publication. The website TankerTrackers.com, whose analysts monitor oil sales on the seas, first reported about the black marks.
  • NYC mayor seeks Dems nod for president

    NYC mayor seeks Dems nod for president

    He's deeply unpopular among fellow New Yorkers , often savaged by the city's tabloids and fights with the media that cover him. And when announcing his presidential bid on Thursday, he made the case that he was the ideal candidate to take on Trump.
    Two Indian climbers die on Mount Kanchenjunga in Nepal

    Two Indian climbers die on Mount Kanchenjunga in Nepal

    Biplab Baidhya, 48, and Kuntal Kanrar, 46, who hailed from Kolkata, were near the summit of one of the tallest peaks in the world. His father was among the first Sherpa guides employed to help climbers reach the summit , and Rita followed in his footsteps.
    Meghan Markle Sent a Lovely Note to Her High School Reunion

    Meghan Markle Sent a Lovely Note to Her High School Reunion

    This is a privilege reserved by those of royal birth, such as Prince Harry's cousins, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice . Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, became engaged following a whirlwind 16-month romance after going on a blind date in London.
  • 'Minecraft Earth' Is Coming - Watch the Official Reveal!

    'Minecraft Earth' Is Coming - Watch the Official Reveal!

    Team up with friends to create incredible builds on Build Plates , and then place them in the real world to explore at life-size. Features are a plethora in Minecraft Earth and the game will include the natural geography by eclosing players in its gameplay.
    Spotify dives into hardware with a device called ‘Car Thing’

    Spotify dives into hardware with a device called ‘Car Thing’

    But The Verge found that the device will play through Bluetooth and plug into the car's cigarette lighter socket. You will be able to throw a "Hey, Spotify" command at it, and ask it to play whatever song you want.
    Britain says shares same assessment of Iran as the United States

    Britain says shares same assessment of Iran as the United States

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seen in 2009, reportedly said of the USA that 'neither we, nor them is seeking war. Iranian-backed militias fought alongside US -backed Iraqi troops against IS, gaining outsized influence and power.


Most liked

Billboards take aim at Nigel Farage and his Brexit Party
The rule change would not allow an AM elected on the regional list to defect to a party which has no previous representation. The current deadline to leave is October 31. "This Prime Minister and our Parliament have turned us into a laughing stock".

Asus Zenfone 6 with flip camera launched, takes on OnePlus 7 Pro
Samsung Galaxy S10: CPU - Snapdragon 855 (for USA and China versions), Exynos 9820 processor (UK, Europe, and EMEA region). It isn't clear if the ZenFone 6 will be coming to Malaysia anytime soon but do stay tuned to us for the latest updates.

Amazon announces refreshed Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets
The tablet also supports hands-free Alexa , so you'll be able to summon the AI assistant by barking commands at the Fire 7 . Content filtering is hand-curated by Amazon and the access to subscription features aren't limited to Amazon Fire tablets.

Juventus announce Allegri is leaving
Pep Guardiola has insisted he will not be leaving Manchester City to become Juventus manager this summer. The former Cagliari and AC Milan manager has won the Serie A title in every season at the club.

Tesla in fatal Florida crash had Autopilot on, NTSB says
Tesla said in a statement Thursday that Banner did not use autopilot at any other time during the drive before the crash. Autopilot was also engaged when Apple engineer Wei "Walter" Huang crashed his Model X into a road barrier and died.

PUBG Mobile Season 7: Here’s everything we know about it
In addition to the cosmetic products, players can also purchase a premium version (the Elite pass) to unlock even more rewards. This is particularly impressive when considering the game only launched on mobile 14 months ago, on March 19 previous year .

US Airstrike, Coordinated with Afghans, Accidentally Killed Up to 17 Policemen
In March, Taliban fighters attempted to overrun a US-Afghan base in Helmand before they were repelled. American forces regularly provide support to Afghan troops in operations against the Taliban.

Bucks easily cruise past Raptors in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Finals
Leonard's three-point play pulled Toronto within 15 points with 6:10 to play, but that was the end of any Raptors momentum. The Milwaukee Bucks host the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight at 8:30 on TNT.

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G announced, coming to the United Kingdom in June
It is equipped with HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset along with the Balong 5G modem to enable connectivity to the new standard. We got to see the Mate X behind closed doors earlier this year, which you can see in our gallery of pictures here .

SpaceX Scrubs Second Launch Attempt for Starlink Satellites over Software Update
A dozen launches would bring "significant" connectivity, he said , and 24 launches would bring near-worldwide service. It may look a little different than other missions because there is no spring-based deployment mechanism.

The Epic Games Store’s Mega Sale Isn’t Going Totally Smoothly
Supergiant has brought Hades' base price back down to $19.99, where it will stay for the duration of the sale. The Epic Games Store has caused controversy among gamers since it emerged to challenge Steam's hegemony.

Game 3 Preview: Raptors vs Bucks
According to oddsmakers, the Raptors are the favorite at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -2 points against the Bucks . After tallying just eight points through the first two games, he managed to finish with 16 points and four made 3-pointers.

WoW Classic to release in August, closed beta begins May 15
But you can visit here to try an opt in to play WoW Classic before everyone else. Participants will be selected from a small pool of existing WoW players.

Alabama governor signs strictest United States abortion ban into law
Abortion opponents in Missouri have cleared the biggest hurdle to restrict access to most abortions - Senate approval. Louis) said the legislation is the culmination of an incremental approach to protecting the lives of unborn children.

Google Trips: Hotels, Flights, Weather, Things To Do & More
Despite being one of the most important components in the Android operating system, Google Play Services is a background app. Popular neighborhoods, for example, will be flagged in Google Maps, along with the reasons you might want to visit them.