Rafa Nadal was knocked out of the Italian Open after a 21-time grand winner defeated Canadian Denis Shapovalov 1-6 7-5 6-2 in the 1/8 finals of the Italian Open on Thursday.

Nadal started well, but by the end of the competition the 35-year-old young man was experiencing physical difficulties, which caused doubts in his physical condition before the French Open, which he won a record 13 times.

The Spaniard, who suffered a series of injuries over more than two decades of his career, dominated the first set with his brilliant return innings.

Canadian Shapovalov reacted stylishly, leading 4-1 in the second set with his energetic and attacking game, but Nadal returned to the competition, winning the next three games.

Nadal kept the set point with a score of 4-5, but a series of unforced errors and lack of aggression on his part led to the fact that the match went into a decisive third set.

Nadal’s fourth world number broke right at the start of the decision, but was later lame with an obvious foot injury, probably related to his chronic left foot problem.

Shapovalov has scored 17 of his last 20 points, completing his return, giving Nadal his first exit from Rome since 2008.

Earlier, Novak Djokovic stopped Stan Wawrinka’s hopes for a hat-trick of winning matches for the first time in 18 months with a score of 6-2 6-2.

The 37-year-old Swiss, who has not played 12 months after two surgeries due to a foot injury, fought for Reilly Apelka and Laszlo Gere to set up the 26th meeting with the first seeded Djokovic in the Italian capital and the first since 2019. .

361st place in the ranking of Wawrinka, who last won three matches in a row at the Paris Masters 2020, could not cope with the basic tension of Djokovic in the first set and twice won the break.

Wawrinka demonstrated an incredible defense to break Djokovic in the sixth game of the second set, but a double break from the world number one led him to victory.

It was Djokovic’s 20th victory over Wawrinka and his 998th in his career, as he claims to be the fifth player to reach 1,000 wins.

“It’s great to see Stan back,” the Serb said. “He’s won two games here, he’s still not physically, but he’s still Stan and can hurt you.”

“From the beginning, I really moved it around the court and held the serve well. I know what is expected of me next. “

Djokovic will face Canadian Felix Auger Aliassim in the quarterfinals after the 21-year-old defeated American Marcos Girona 6-3 6-2.

Alexander Zverev celebrated the centenary of winning matches at the Masters 1000, defeating Australian Alex de Minauro 6-3 7-6 (5), and the world’s fifth racket Stefanas Tsitsipas recovered from the set and won 4-6 6- 0 6- 3 Russian Karen Khachanov.

Local hope Yannick Siner reached his first quarterfinal in Rome with a 6-2 7-6 (6) victory over Philip Krainovich, and fifth seed Casper Ruud won over Jenson Brooksby 6-3 6-4.

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