Rafael Nadal powered his way into the third round of the ATP Italian Open on Wednesday with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.
The Serb will next play Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas who squeezed past American eighth seed John Isner 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/5).
The 37-year-old American was never in contention in the match with Kontaveit winning by a 6-2 scoreline in the first set before defeating Williams 7-3 on a tiebreak in the second.
"It was a positive match, of course", said Nadal, as quoted by the Express. "I think this was probably one of the three matches that I played this way in the past 12 months". I don't know how many mistakes I made, but not many.
But despite having to scratch and sweat his way into holds, Shapovalov was even with Nadal at 3-3 in the first set, until a double-fault from Shapovalov handed Nadal his ninth break point of the set.
"[Fognini] a great player", Nadal added. At the beginning, I really think that he was serving big.
But the Austrian says he is optimistic about putting together a good run at Roland Garros, which starts on May 27, and where Thiem has reached the semi-finals in the past two years.
Defending champion Elina Svitolina eased into the third round while three-time victor Maria Sharapova needed a marathon three sets to get past Australian Ashleigh Barty. "It was important, after a loss in Madrid, to come back strong".
Although six seeded players suffered exits on Wednesday (May 16), Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic were able to advance.
Defending champion Alexander Zverev won his 11th straight match but had to work really hard to beat Kyle Edmund needing eight match points in the second set tiebreaker to win it 7-5, 7-6 (11). "That was the way that I want to play".
The 19-year-old Canadian won only two more games the entire rest of the way.
Halep now needs to progress further than No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki to stay in top spot.
USA's Venus Williams returns the ball to Estonia's Anett Kontaveit during Rome's WTA Tennis Open tournament at the Foro Italico, on May 17, 2018 in Rome.
By contrast, Sharapova needed two and a half hours to master 18th-ranked Barty 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in their first round match.
Halep will next play either U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens or seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia.
Nadal is also attempting to win the top spot back this week.
The biggest upset of the day belonged to Japan's Kei Nishikori, who came from behind to upend third-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4.