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Nadal powers into Rome third round

AFP  |  Rome 

powered his way into the third round of the ATP Italian Open on Wednesday with a straight sets win over Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.

The Spaniard won through 6-1, 6-0 in an hour as he targets an eighth title at the Foro Italico and first since 2013.

Nadal lost his first match on clay in over a year last week in the quarter-finals to Austrian and as a result lost his world number one ranking to

The 31-year-old, who claimed the 11th titles of his career at both and Barcelona, took the first set in 34 minutes coasting to victory in just one hour.

The 16-time winner next takes on either Canadian Denis Shapovalov, 19, or of the

But he will not be able to take revenge on sixth seed Thiem who lost his second round match 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to Italian

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 20:50 IST