ATP Italian Open 2022 day 6 round up: Shapovalov ousts Nadal; Tsitsipas, Djokovic Sinner advance

Day six saw third seed Rafael Nadal eliminated by Canada's Denis Shapovalov who recorded a fantastic comeback win.

Rafael Nadal after losing to Denis Shapovalov in Rome. (Image: Twtter)

The 2022 ATP Italian Open is reaching its business end and the matches have been more exciting than ever. Day six saw third seed Rafael Nadal eliminated by Canada’s Denis Shapovalov who recorded a fantastic comeback win against the former world no. 1. Current world no. 1 and top seed Novak Djokovic enjoyed a comfortable night against Stan Wawrinka as a breezy win saw him through to the quarter-finals. Home favourite Jannik Sinner also advanced to the next stage of the competition after beating Filip Krajinovic in a nail-biting encounter while fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas made short work of Karen Khachanov, despite being a set down at the start.

Nadal ousted by Shapovalov

Despite a comprehensive victory in the first set, Rafael Nadal could not build on his momentum and suffered a loss against 13th seed Denis Shapovalov. It was an incredible comeback win for the Canadian by a scoreline of 1-6, 7-5, 6-2. Shapovalov hit a whopping 13 aces and conceded only three double faults. His win percentage on the first serve was 63% but on the second it was a bit low at 45%. The Canadian scored five out of 13 break points to eliminate the King of Clay in Rome, and will face Casper Ruud in the quarter-final.

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Djokovic comfortable against Wawrinka

It was just another day in the office for top seed Novak Djokovic as he beat Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-2. The Serbian will be up against Felix Auger-Alliasme in the next round in Rome. Djoker Nole hit a couple of aces in the game and did not commit a double fault. His win percentage on the first serve was 75% and that on the second was 50%. The world no. 1 was supremely clinical on the day, racking up five of the seven available break points.

Sinner wows home crowd with gutsy display

It might have been a straight sets victory for Jannik Sinner but things were far from easy against Filip Krajinovic in Rome. The Italian did win the first set comfortably but the second one was a hairy affair which saw the Serbian play some outstanding tennis. As the second set went to a tie-break, Sinner held his nerve and walked out the winner. The score at the end of the tie was 6-2, 7-6 (8-6). The tenth seed smashed 13 aces and had a win percentage of 68% and 60% on the first and second serves. He also converted three break points.

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Tsitsipas’ comeback win eliminates Khachanov

It has become a pattern for Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas to take comeback wins at this point. The foruth seed was down a set against Karen Khachanov but came back with a vengeance to win their round of 16 match. The score at the end of the tie was 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 in Tsitsipas’ favour. The Greek hit eight aces in the match but also committed four double faults. However, he had a higher win percentage on both first and second serves with 79% and 60% respectively. The Greek also converted five out of seven break points.

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