Rome Masters Djokovic starts with Rome win, Sharapova snubbed

Spaniard David Ferrer celebrates his 700th match win on the ATP World Tour in Rome

Spaniard David Ferrer celebrates his 700th match win on the ATP World Tour in Rome

The Spaniard, a seven-time champion here and now on a 17-match claycourt winning streak, also swept Djokovic aside in the semis in Madrid.

Rafael Nadal booked a quarter-final clash against Austria's Dominic Thiem, after an "aggressive" 6-3, 6-4 win over American Jack Sock, seeded 13th.

The home favourite was inspired before the fans in Rome to consign world number one Murray to another concerning loss in the last 32 of the final tournament before the French Open begins on May 28.

However, he regained his composure and found a way through and will now face either Kei Nishikori or Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals, with several high-profile stars already into the last-eight. "The last time we played I won in Paris a year ago, the indoor tournament in Paris", added Isner. I served well and took my chances when I had them.

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Djokovic was moving around the court more freely than he has been for much of this season, breaking to lead 4-3 when Bautista Agut netted a backhand and wrapping up the opening set after saving a first break point in the next game.

But French Open champion Djokovic said: "I m getting closer, I feel like today s match was one of the better ones I ve played on clay this season, and in the past couple of months. But it's obvious that I am playing well and I should be very happy with the way that I am doing things".

In a shock to Maria Sharapova, the French tennis federation refused to grant the five-time Grand Slam victor and twice Roland Garros champion a wild card to either the main draw or qualifying.

Meanwhile, unseeded American John Isner battled into the Rome Masters semis with a 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) win over Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic.

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If one looks at the head-to-head record, Djokovic has been mighty impressive, winning 13 matches and only losing four.

Zverev will next face fifth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic, who defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2.

In the women's draw, Venus Williams beat Johanna Konta 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

"It s so different when you re talking about it or when you re playing it", she said.

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Russian Federation s Svetlana Kuznetsova, the seventh seed, suffered a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Australian qualifier Daria Gavrilova.

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