There won’t be many busier days of tennis on the ATP Tour than Thursday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, where many players will have to complete two matches to reach the quarter-finals due to a rain washout on Wednesday. Follow along as ATPTour.com chronicles the day’s action…
11:43: Argentine Diego Schwartzman earns the first win of the day, defeating qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(5), 6-1 to reach the third round of a tournament for the first time since the BNP Paribas Open.
12:55: Fernando Verdasco causes the first upset of this manic Thursday. The Spaniard extends his FedEx ATP Head2Head lead against Dominic Thiem to 4-0, defeating the Indian Wells and Barcelona champion 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 after two hours and 44 minutes.
13:16: Sixth seed Kei Nishikori beats American Taylor Fritz for the second time in less than a month, cruising past the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier 6-2, 6-4.
13:28: German Jan-Lennard Struff finishes another upset at the Foro Italico, ousting ninth seed Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-3, breaking the Croat’s serve five times. Cilic had defeated Struff in three sets in Madrid last week.
13:31: Roger Federer is through to the third round without any trouble. The Swiss star, competing in Rome for the first time since 2016, moves past Portuguese Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-3.
13:44: Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal is not far behind, losing just a single game in a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. It’s the third time Nadal has lost just one game in a match at Rome.
14:55: Juan Martin del Potro claims his first clay-court win of the year, beating 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up David Goffin 6-4, 6-2. Del Potro will face #NextGenATP Norwegian Casper Ruud later Thursday for a spot in the quarter-finals.
15:17: Mutua Madrid Open titlist and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is off to a good start in Rome, dismissing #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-1, 6-3, without facing a break point.
15:24: World No. 7 and Madrid finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas disappoints the home crowd by beating 17-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-2.
17:17: Schwartzman is the first player through to the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Matteo Berrettini. The Argentine won all four sets he played on Thursday.
17:35: Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini completes second-round play with 7-6(6), 6-3 win over Moldovan Radu Albot. Fognini now plays Tsitsipas in the third round later today. Albot could not convert a set point at 5/6 in the first set tie-break. With Cilic’s loss, if Fognini reaches the semi-finals in Rome, he will become the oldest player to crack the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for the first time since 38-year-old Ken Rosewall and 35-year-old Rod Laver on 23 August 1973 (the first week of the ATP Rankings).