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Djokovic beats Bautista Agut to reach Italian Open QFs

Djokovic beats Bautista Agut to reach Italian Open QFs

Rafael Nadal, enjoying his best season on clay in two years, will look to book his place in the last eight later when he meets American Jack Sock, seeded 13th, on centre court.

"Tomorrow I'm up against Dominic, he's a player who's having more success on clay so it will be another tough battle".

Murray's best performance was winning the Dubai title in February, but he looks to be struggling to replicate the blistering displays that carried him to the number one spot at the end of past year.

First round: Tommy Haas bty Ernesto Escobedo 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (1); Alexander Zverev bt Kevin Anderson 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Benoit Paire bt Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-4; Pablo Cuevas bt Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 7-6 (2); JDavid Ferrer bt Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-3, 6-1; Pablo Carreno Busta bt Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-3; Juan Martin del Potro bt Grigor Dimitrov 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; Roberto Bautista-Agut bt Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2. "But in general terms I am happy with the way that I played, obviously".

Another playing looking to up his game for the French Open is 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka but the world number three said a lack of confidence was to blame for his shock 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 defeat to big-serving American John Isner, who is ranked 24th in the world. "I went out there with the belief that, if I played well and executed my game plan, that I could walk off that court with a win". In the previous round, Fabio played a picture flawless match to defeat world number 1 Andy Murray, but he had no chance against strong serve and deep groundstrokes of his rival, creating just 2 break points and converting one when Sascha already had a big lead.

Isner, meeting Wawrinka for the first time in six years, will now meet Marin Cilic after the sixth seed from Croatia beat Belgian David Goffin, the ninth seed, 6-3, 6-4.

The Austrian recovered from losing the first set to beat Querrey 3-6 6-3 7-6 (9-7), saving three match points before finally coming out on top in a thrilling tie-break.

"It s so different when you re talking about it or when you re playing it", she said. "There is not even one point that is given".

Qualifier Daria Gavrilova beat seventh-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 and Kiki Bertens won 7-6 (3), 6-1 over Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.


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