Today in Rome the empire crumbled. Federer, Wawrinka, Ferrer and Berdych all suffered surprise losses however there were solid wins for Murray and Nishikori whereas for Nadal and Djokovic they were required to work hard for their wins.
Thiem topples Federer
The Austrian has been playing well all season and this win is probably the biggest of his career to date winning his third match against a top 10 opponent having beaten Nadal and Ferrer already this season.
Thiem didn’t look fazed at all during the match. He was composed, calm and always looked in control and against Federer not many can do that!
He did start the tournament ranked at 15 in the world and I do believe he will finish the year top 10 and I hope he qualifies for London this year as the tournament does need some new names to freshen it up!
Berdych double bageled for very first time!
Well, it was nice of Berdych to turn up this evening. The Czech number one didn’t even get one game on the board as he was hammered by David Goffin 6-0 6-0 in less than 50 minutes winning 15 of the 65 points played in the match…
It was a great match from Goffin but worrying times for Berdych who has struggled against the in-form players this season and too lose 6-0 6-0 at a Masters event a week before Roland Garros could be a massive blow!
Nadal battles past Nick
Rafael Nadal had a big battle on his hands in Nick Kyrgios but did come through in three sets after dropping the first on the tie-breaker. The former world number took a while to find his best but when he did he didn’t look back going to secure his place in the quarter finals of Rome.
Novak bageled but wins!
The last time Novak Djokovic was bageled was at Indian Wells in 2010 by Mardy Fish but won the match 6-1 0-6 6-2 against the American and it was a total surprise to see him lose the opening set 6-0 to Thomaz Bellucci.
Credit where it is due though to Bellucci who was excellent. The depth and precision he got on shots was machine like, just sadly once Novak found his serve he started winning a majority of the longer rallies and you just felt the inevitable would happen and he would seal the win.
Best of the rest…
It was an unhappy day for Wawrinka and Ferrer today who will go to Roland Garros on the back of surprising defeats however for Murray and Nishikori today it was business as usual as they booked their place in the quarter finals in straight sets!