Returning Nadal crashes to Italian Open quarter-final defeat

Rome (AFP) –


Nine-time winner Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Italian Open in Saturday's quarter-finals to Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

Eight-seeded Schwartzman won 6-2, 7-5 in the final warm-up tournament for the French Open in just over a week.

Champion Nadal was making his comeback after a six-month coronavirus-enforced break having skipped the US Open ahead of Roland Garros with its first round on September 27.

But Schwartzman pulled out a stunning performance for his first win over Nadal in ten meetings and next plays Canadian 12th seed Denis Shapovalov for a place in the final.