(Rome) Denis Shapovalov, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca Andreescu reached the quarter-finals of the Italian Tennis Open on Thursday.
Shapovaolov knocked out Rafael Nadal in the Round of 16 in Rome 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Auger-Aliassime, the tournament’s eighth seed, ousted American Marcos Giron 6-3, 6-2 after an hour and 28 minutes of play on Roman clay, while her compatriot Andreescu took the measure of the Croatian Petra Martic 6-4, 6-4.
The Quebecer is now 2-0 in career against Giron, the 60th player in the world, after defeating him in the quarterfinals of the Halle grass tournament last year. As for Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion, it was her first career duel against Martic, ranked 47th in the world.
Auger-Aliassime proved particularly effective on serve, as evidenced by his 11 aces. He also won 84% of his points with his first serve, and 54% with his second. Moreover, the 21-year-old tennis player converted four of his eight break points, and he was only broken once in three attempts by Giron.
Auger-Aliassime will face in the quarter-finals the world No. 1, Serbian Novak Djokovic, who sharply disposed of Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-2. This will be the first career duel between Djokovic and Auger-Aliassime.
For his part, Andreescu eliminated Martic after a duel lasting one hour and 43 minutes. She notably managed four aces, against three for her opponent, and committed half as many double faults as her, with three. The Ontarian struggled to get the point with her first serve, being limited to a success rate of just 67.8%, compared to 80.8% for the Croatian.
On the other hand, she was more opportunistic than Martic with three breaks in four occasions, while her rival let slip six of her seven chances to break her.
The Canadian will have a lot to do in the quarter-finals, when she will meet the favorite of the tournament, Poland’s Iga Swiatek. The latter signed her 25th victory in a row earlier in the morning, beating former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-1.