It isn’t often that a day is a wash-out on the tennis tour but Wednesday in Rome was exactly that! This meant Thursday would be chaos as matches were backed up and 55 due to take place on Thursday with both men and women in action and many potentially taking to court twice.
So, what happened?
Dominic Thiem’s tournament is over. The Austrian who was so impressive in Madrid has fallen short in Rome with a three sets defeat against Fernando Verdasco.
Fernando certainly had his day on the court as he followed up his 2hr 43 minute win against Thiem with a 2hr 9min win against Khachanov!
Jo Konta was involved in a double battle as she saw off Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams as she progressed to a quarter final. Kristina Mladenovic was also in good form with some big wins against Bencic and Barty and world number one Naomi Osaka won all four of her sets 6-3!
Madrid champion Kiki Bertens dropped the second set in her matches against Amanda Anisimova and Carla Suarez Navarro but the world number four came through on a tricky day for her.
Victoria Azarenka who only featured once following her win against Svitolina the other day saw off Muguruza who retired mid-way through the second but the Spaniard was also in a lengthy battle with Danielle Collins earlier on in the day.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were rampant despite having to appear twice! Nadal dropped two games in two matches as he looked as sharp as he has since Melbourne and Novak Djokovic saw off tricky customers Kohlschreiber and Shapovalov without a set dropped to.
Roger Federer had work to do and following his win over Sousa he came up against a fresh faced Borna Coric who more time to prepare and the Croat really did impress but despite having match point couldn’t get over the line!
Marketa Vondrousova who is no stranger to producing some excellent results this year began her day with a three sets win against Simona Halep who has never really done well in Madrid and finished her day with a three set win against Daria Kasatkina.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Fabio Fognini took to court last with the 20 year old advancing in straight sets but it was Kvitova and Sakkari who left the court last week a surprise to finish on with Maria fighting to a three set win with Kvitova retiring 0-4 down in the third set.