Rafael Nadal bows out of Italian Open after straight-set defeat to Denis Shapovalov

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Italian Open 2021: 9-times champion Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals of the Italian Open with a thrilling 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in the round of 16.

World No.3 Rafael Nadal. (Reuters Photo)

World No.3 Rafael Nadal. (Reuters Photo)

World No.3 and 9-time champion Rafael Nadal saved two match points in the 3rd set to beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3) in a 3-hour thriller to reach the quarter-finals of the Italian Open in Rome.

Earlier in the day, top-ranked Novak Djokovic stormed into the Italian Open quarter-finals for the 15th time in a row with a straight-set win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The defending champion dropped his opening serve but recovered immediately to beat the Spanish qualifier 6-2 6-1.

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