Rome Open: Novak, Zverev Reach Quarter Finals

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Novak Djokovic has reached his sixteenth quarter finals in a roll after his third round win over Stan Wawrinka.

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World Number One, Novak Djokovic recorded his 998 win of hos career after his 6-2, 6-2 win against Stan Wawrinka in the Italian Open.


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Novak’s advantage over Stan who has been out for a long due to foot injury was obvious as he dominated the game.

The world 361 looked to cause an upset in the tie, but he fell short of the power and energy that the world number one brought as he was broken seven times.

“It’s great to see Stan back, he won two matches, tough two matches, he is still physically not where he wants to be but nevertheless he’s Stan Wawrinka and he can hurt you if you give him time,” said Djokovic.

“I managed to do well from the beginning, I moved him around the court and hold my serve pretty comfortably except for the loss of serve in the second set. Pretty much a very good performance.

Novak plays Felix Auger-Aliassime who defeated Marcos Giron 6-3, 6-2 next in the quarter finals.

Meanwhile…

World Number three, Alex Zverev earned his 100th ATP Masters1000 win by defeating De Minaur 6-3 7-6(5) and moves into the fourth round of the Italian Open. Zverev, who won the 2017 Rome title, will be appearing in his 24th ATP Masters1000 quarter finals including fourth in a row this season.

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I’m [very pleased], especially coming from Madrid to here. It’s not always not easy because Madrid is at altitude and the balls are flying like crazy, but here everything is pretty slow. It wasn’t an easy match and I’m happy with the way I played at the end. He played three matches already here, it’s my first, so I’m happy with the win.”

“At the end of the day I feel like I did nothing wrong. I got a little bit unlucky, made one unforced error with my overhead, but those are not easy shots either. In the end you have to fight until the very last moment, and the first set was [very important] for me.” Zverev will go against Garin Cris who defeated Marin Cilic 6-3 4-6 6-4 to reach his third career Masters 1000 quarter-final.

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