As Day 3 got unfolded, the seeded players had their day. The Japanese sensation, Kei Nishikori had an easy win against David Ferrer in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2, in the R32 at Rome. The world number 9, who withdrew from Madrid in the quarter-final against Novak Djokovic, due to a wrist pain. He has bounced back well this week. He broke Ferrer’s serve five times in the match, and now trails in the head-to-head, 4-9.
Rafael Nadal’s first match at Rome couldn’t be a possibility, as Nicolas Almagro retired due to a right thigh injury. On his serve in the fourth game, at 0-3(30-15), he stopped at his place, and couldn’t walk a step without limping, when Nadal came to his concern. Slowly, he tried to walk while limping and went back to his seat, and the trainer taped his thigh. He then withdrew.
Juan Martin del Potro played his first match at Rome after 4 years, defeating Kyle Edmund in a thriller. Though it was a straight sets victory, but the Argentine had to deal with long volleys and close calls, especially in the first set. He broke Edmund’s serve twice in the first set. He won the first set, 7-5. In the fifth game of the second set went extraordinarily long as del Potro got 4 break points in one game, 3 on deuces, and broke the Brit’s serve, and led 3-2. Edmund lost his subsequent service game as well, as the Argentine led 5-2. Edmund defended his game and broke back. In the last game, del Potro won the set after 3 set points, 6-4.
The NextGen star, Alexander Zverev took an hour and 22 minutes to knock out Viktor Troicki. He broke the Serb’s service in the 6th game of the first set, after 3 deuces, making the best use of the opportunity, which he needed the most. Repeating the same in the second set, Troicki got broken in the 7th game, and Zverev win in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. He displayed an impressive serve, winning 81% of the service points.
Jack Sock defeated Jiri Vesely in 3 sets, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1). The first set went dicey, while both the players tried to break each other repeatedly. In the second, Sock got broken in the fifth game, a break which Vesely needed. In the decider, the tie-break was pretty much one-sided, as the Czech lost all his serves in the tie-breaks, and Sock won all of his.
The 5th seed Canadian, Milos Raonic, defeated the German Tommy Haas, who had his last tour at Rome this year, as a player. The crowd favourite lost the match, 6-4, 6-3, in 75 minutes. Raonic served 10 aces, maintaining his winning start on clay.