Rafael Nadal (AP photograph)
ROME: 9-time champion Rafael Nadal saved two match factors to defeat Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in a three-set battle and advance to the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Thursday.
Second seed Nadal gained via 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) after practically 3hr 30min on court docket towards the Thirteenth-seeded Shapovalov.
Nadal was trailing a set and 0-3 down within the second set earlier than powering again.
Shapovalov additionally broke for 3-1 within the third set however Nadal broke again instantly and held on regardless of two match factors towards him within the twelfth recreation to power a tie-break.
The Spaniard reached his sixteenth last-eight look in Rome and a 97th ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final.
The 34-year-old will subsequent play both Germany’s Alexander Zverev, the sixth seed, or Japan’s Kei Nishikori for a spot within the semi-finals.
Nadal misplaced to Zverev within the Madrid Masters quarter-finals final week.