Italian Open 2020: Novak, Rafa, Shapovalov, Dimitrov move ahead as Cilic succumbs

Italian Open ATP event had the top seeds Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic battle to reach their quarter-finals, The courts were filled with action-packed performances as players took strides on the clay to leap forth to the last 8.

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Day 5 at the Italian Open 2020 saw the courts studded with the stars. The top seeds Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were on the court with Denis Shapovalov, Diego Schwartzman, Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov all playing.

Italian Open 2020: DAY 5, Men’s Singles Results

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal finished the match is an hour and a half, as he hit 2 aces and won 6/14 breakpoints. He will face Argentine, Diego Schwartzman in the Quarterfinals. Rafael has played the Argentine before and keeping in mind the Spaniard’s beastly form, he should be able to win against Diego.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic attacked Krajinovic’s forehand and tried to change the pace of rallies with drop shots during the first set. He missed two set points at 5-4 on Krajinovic’s serve. Krajinovic moved up the court to finish points and establish a 4/1 lead in the tie-break. The 33-year-old converted his fifth set point when Krajinovic committed a forehand error.

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov is into the quarters as he won against Jannik Sinner 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Dimitrov was playing against Sinner who caused a major upset beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the previous round. Dimitrov dropped the first set before winning the next two. Sinner struggled to serve well, though he did only 4 double faults, Dimitrov did zero.

Diego Schwartzman and Denis Shapovalov, both won their respective matches in three sets. Diego won against Hubert Hurkacz 3-6. 6-3. 6-4 doing 6 double faults. He is up against Rafa next and such errors will prove costly.

Shapovalov won 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4. The Candian took a while to adjust to the court while his match against Ugo Humbert. He lost the opening set tie-break to Denis who won 3/16 break points before sealing the match.

Matteo Berrettini had to play two tie breaks against a neck to neck with Stefano Travaglia. Berrettini won 7-6(5), 7-6(1) to reach the quarters and set up a match with Casper Rudd.

Cilic loses to give way to Casper Rudd

The young Casper Rudd toppled much experienced Marin Cilic in straight 6-2, 7-6(6) win. Rudd comes from a family of tennis players as his father Christian Rudd was a competition at the tour too. The young man will soon be climbing the ATP ranking charts as he makes way into the final eight of the ATP 1000 event. The 21-year-old is up against Matteo Berrettini.

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