Rafael Nadal qualified for the quarter-finals at the Italian Open 2021, in Rome after a crazy and incredible match won against Denis Shapovalov with the final score of 3-6 6-4 7-6 (3), after almost three hours and thirty of game.
Alexander Zverev will once again be waiting for him in the quarter-finals. In the third set, the tie break proves to be the inevitable solution. Shapovalov shows up with a first winner, but basically gives the next four points.
With a double fault and above all a gross error in the setting phase. Nadal (forward 4-1) leaves one of the two mini-breaks on the road, but restores the advantage with the straight serve scheme and widens it with an arm wrestling on the right diagonal.
The second match point, at the threshold of three and a half hours of play, turns out to be the good one. Novak Djokovic had no problem defeating Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-2 6-1, and in the quarter-finals he will meet Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Lorenzo Sonego defeated Dominic Thiem on the Grandstand and at the threshold of three and a half hours of play he wins with a surreal score of 6-4 6-7 (4) 7-6 (5). Alexander Zverev, Madrid champion needs a great match to break down Kei Nishikori's resistance.
Below the highlights of the day 5 in Rome.