The Spaniard defeated John Isner (6-3, 6-1) on Wednesday on Italian ocher soil.
Rafael Nadal, defending champion, solidly launched his quest for an eleventh coronation on clay on the Masters 1000 in Rome by pretty simply beating the American John Isner (twenty seventh) 6-3, 6-1 in 1h16.
Five days after his defeat in opposition to the phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz in Madrid, for his restoration match after his fatigue fracture to a rib on the finish of March, “Rafa” took half a set to take the measure of the American earlier than unwinding.
The massive American server was the primary to place strain on the Spaniard's service recreation at 3-3. But after saving two break factors, the Mallorcan ended up profitable his service recreation and it was he who managed the break in stride, to then serve for the set. In the second set, Nadal broke from the beginning in opposition to an Isner who was additional and farther from the ball.
The 35-year-old Spaniard, winner ten occasions on Roman clay, will discover in the spherical of 16 the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, 23 (sixteenth). It is the third time that the 2 males will face one another at this stage of the Italian match, with two successes for Nadal to date, in 2018 and final yr.