- Chris Sobey
This week’s ATP Tennis action at the Rome Masters is now down to the quarter-final stage and fourth seed Nadal continued his outstanding European clay court form by extending his unbeaten run to 17 matches at Rome this week. He is still on track to win his fourth consecutive clay court tournament, third consecutive Masters Series title and if he does he will surpass Djokovic as the all-time leading Masters 1000 Series titles winner on 31.
However, Djokovic is also still in action this week and will be hell bent on halting Nadal’s run and restoring some much needed confidence after his troubles. If Djokovic beats Del Potro and Nadal beats Thiem today, which they both should judging by previous head-to-head results, they will meet in the semi-finals for the second time in as many weeks and for the 51st time in total (Djokovic 26 win Nadal 24).
The two other quarter-finals in the top-half of the draw are between 16th seed Alexander Zverev and fifth seed Raonic and sixth seed Cilic and unseeded Isner. It’s the first time Zverev and Roanic have met and it should be an entertaining match as both have been in good form during the European clay court swing; Zverev won the title in Munich and Raonic reached the Estoril final. The other quarter-final should be won by Cilic has he leads the head-to-head with Isner 6-1.