Rafael Nadal defeated John Isner, reaching the 3rd round of the Italian Open 2022. Sixty-ninth victory at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia for the ten-time champion of the tournament, who files the number-one practice with a very clear 6-3 6-1 and reaches Denis Shapovalov.
Nadal has never lost two games in a row on clay and has never lost a game against an American on clay more generally: 19-0 the record. Alexander Zverev’s problems against Sebastian Baez at the opening of the day on the Central Court lasted essentially a set.
The number four of the seeding, who squanders an initial advantage of 6-2 during the tie break, with a break at 4-3 in the second definitely breaks the balance and seals the success on 7-6 (8) 6-3.
In the list of surprises the victory of Karen Khachanov against Pablo Carreno Busta, who despite a very good second set collects only one game in the final rush. The 6-4 2-6 6-1 final is emblematic. Jannik Sinner wins the derby against Fabio Fognini in three sets.