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Thiem crashes in Rome, Halep demolishes Osaka

Thiem crashes in Rome, Halep demolishes Osaka

Fognini got the Foro Italico crowd fired up with an inspired 6-4 1-6 6-3 win over last week's Madrid finalist, Thiem.

"It was important, after a loss in Madrid, to come back strong", the 31-year-old, who received a bye in the opening round, said.

And it quickly became clear that it would be more of the same in the second, the world number two taking three of only four break-point opportunities as Dzumhur failed to live with his opponent. The Spaniard will face Denis Shapovalov in the third round on Thursday, who got the better of Robin Haase. Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro emerged a 7-5, 6-3 victor over Barcelona runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas and Miami Open champion John Isner was edged 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-7 (5) by Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Next up for Ramos-Vinolas is a meeting with Novak Djokovic, who eased past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 6-2.

"We're finally connecting and I think that's the most lovely thing", Fognini said of the crowd, which whistled him off the court following an erratic performance a few years ago.

Defending champion Alexander Zverev stayed focused on his way to a 7-5 6-2 win over Italian wildcard Matteo Berrettini.

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Bulgarian third seed Grigor Dimitrov also suffered an early exit, going out to Japan's Kei Nishikori after a marathon 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 6-4 battle. "They finally understand me". "I think I deserved it at the end".

Thiem was already looking ahead to the French Open, which starts on May 27.

"For some reason, I couldn't get a ball in the court after that, on my backhand side", Osaka said.

Previous year in Rome, Halep rolled her ankle in the final and lost a lead and the championship to Elina Svitolina.

"She knew it and we were having a lot of backhand rallies, other than that I couldn't say what happened."I feel like I've played her the most of any player, this was the third time this year". Croatia's Marin Cilic, the No. 4 seed, rallied past American Ryan Harrison 6-7 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (1) while fifth-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro ousted Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-3.

Maria Sakkari upset sixth seed Karolina Pliskova in three sets with an impressive comeback, and Johanna Konta overcame Su-Wei Hsieh 6-0, 6-4.


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