Tennis: Italian Open roundup
Former winners Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round of the Italian Open but sixth seed Dominic Thiem crashed out.
Nadal eased past Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-0, Djokovic defeated Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2, while Thiem lost to Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-1, 3-6.
Third seed Grigor Dimitrov also suffered an early exit, going out to Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-7, 7-5, 6-4.
Elsewhere, fourth seed Marin Cilic, defending champion Alexander Zverev and fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro have progressed to the next round.
Meanwhile, Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber are some of the big names who have powered into the third round of the women’s competition.
Former world number one Karolina Pliskova smashed the umpire’s chair in frustration after she lost to Greece’s Maria Sakkari.
In the third set, the Czech had an overhead shot incorrectly ruled out and both the line judge and the umpire said they could not find the mark.
Pliskova was furious when her opponent was given the advantage and break point at a crucial stage of the match.
Sakkari went on to win that game and the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.