Kyrgios Disqualified As Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Advance In Rome.
Kyrgios Disqualified As Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Advance In Rome
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios returns the ball to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev (unseen) during their ATP Masters tournament tennis match at the Foro Italico in Rome on May 14, 2019. Andreas SOLARO / AFP
Kyrgios grabbed the headlines when he suffered a spectacular meltdown on Court Three against Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud.
Kyrgios was automatically disqualified with Ruud winning 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-1 to advance to the third round against former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.
Meanwhile, Nadal crushed France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-0, 6-1, with Federer, a four-time runner-up, easing past Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-3, and Djokovic beating Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-1, 6-3.
For 37-year-old Federer, returning to Italy for the first time since 2016, it was like a practice session.
Nadal said it was a “good start” as he targets a first title on clay this season before he starts the defence of his French Open crown from May 26.
Austrian Thiem complained competitors were left hanging around during the rain-impacted day 24 hours earlier.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the sixth seed, got past American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 6-4 and next meets Jan-Lennard Struff.
The Japanese star hit 44 winners and 12 aces, despite 25 unforced errors.
Halep’s defeat also guarantees Osaka’s top seed at the French Open.Read more: Channels Television
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