Rafael Nadal impressed with Denis Shapovalov after beating teenager at Italian Open

Dominic Thiem was dumped out by Fabio Fognini at Foro Italico on Wednesday

Dominic Thiem was dumped out by Fabio Fognini at Foro Italico on Wednesday

Shapovalov, who will face Nadal on Thursday, finished with seven aces and converted three of 11 break point opportunities in a match that lasted two hours 26 minutes. Dimitrov, the world No. 4 who is celebrating his 27th birthday on Wednesday, also lost his first-round match at last week's Madrid Open.

"I played very well today", said Thiem.

Former world number one Novak Djokovic is also in the quarter-finals for the first time this year. But with my serve, I didn't lose many points.

The Spaniard will next take on Fognini, a player he knows well having played 14 times and holds a 10-3 record against including five wins in their most recent matches. "I hope in Paris I will have a little bit longer time to come into the tournament".

"At the beginning, I really think that he was serving big". Djokovic, a four-time victor at Rome, had five aces in the match and will next face Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who rallied past eighth-seeded American John Isner 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5) in two hours, 53 minutes.

Seeking an 8th Rome title, ahead will be Italian bad boy Fabio Fognini who bested Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4.

The 16-time Grand Slam victor next takes on Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov who dug deep in a 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 win over Robin Haase of the Netherlands. "I've historically always played well in Rome, and I feel like each match is getting better".

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Although six seeded players suffered exits on Wednesday (May 16), Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic were able to advance.

Shapovalov is 7-4 on clay this year, including a run to the semifinals at Madrid.

Defending champion Alexander Zverev of Germany kept his title defence on track but needed eight match points to see off Briton Kyle Edmund 7-5, 7-6 (13/11).

Halep plays US Open champion Sloane Stephens or seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia.

Svitolina, the fourth seed, received a first round bye and dropped just three games in a dominant 6-1, 6-2 victory over 35th-ranked Petra Martic.

Second round: Maria Sharapova bt Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2; Venus Williams bt Elena Vesnina 6-2, 4-6, 7-5; Anett Kontaveit bt Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-5; Caroline Wozniacki bt Alison Van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-4; Daria Gavrilova bt Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (6).

The Romanian will next play 13th-seeded American Madison Keys, who battled past Croatian Donna Vekic 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/0) for a place in the quarter-finals.

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