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Defending champion Zverev battles into Rome QFs

2018-05-17 20:34
Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev (AP)

Rome - Germany's Alexander Zverev kept his Italian Open title defence on track but needed eight match points to get past Briton Kyle Edmund and reach the quarter-finals.

Zverev won through 7-5, 7-6 (13/11) and will play Belgian David Goffin for a place in the last four.

Ninth seed Goffin advanced after Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro retired while trailing 6-2, 4-5 with a groin injury.

For 21-year-old Zverev it was an 11th consecutive win after back-to-back title runs at Munich and Madrid.

Results from the ATP and WTA Masters tournament in Rome on Thursday (x denotes seeded player):

Women

3rd round

Simona Halep (ROU x1) bt Madison Keys (USA x13) -- walkover

Maria Sharapova (RUS) bt Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 6-3, 6-4

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT x5) bt Johanna Konta (GBR) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Angelique Kerber (GER x11) bt Maria Sakkari (GRE) 6-1, 6-1

Elina Svitolina (UKR x4) bt Daria Kasatkina (RUS x14) 0-6, 6-3, 6-2

Anett Kontaveit (EST) bt Venus Williams (USA x8) 6-2, 7-6 (7/3)

Men

3rd round

Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 6-4, 6-1

Fabio Fognini (ITA) bt Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 6-4, 6-4

Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP x10) bt Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2

Marin Cilic (CRO x4) bt Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-3, 6-4

David Goffin (BEL x9) bt Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x5) 6-2, 4-5 -- retired

Alexander Zverev (GER x2) bt Kyle Edmund (GBR) 7-5, 7-6 (13/11)

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