After a surprise summer loss previous year to Denis Shapovalov, Rafael Nadal gained revenge on his surface, slamming the Canadian 6-4, 6-1 to reach the Rome Masters quarterfinals.
The former world number one, whose 21-match unbeaten run on clay ended last week, had a first-round bye and will play Denis Shapovalov or Robin Haase next. The 31-year-old, who claimed the 11th titles of his career at both Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, took the first set in 34 minutes coasting to victory in just one hour.
The four-time Rome champion is making his way back this year after a six-month injury absence before the Australian Open, which was followed by elbow surgery.
Whereas Shapovalov made 14 more unforced errors (29) than winners (14), Nadal was plus-2 in that department (16 to 14) as he booked his spot alongside Fabio Fognini in the quarterfinals. Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro emerged a 7-5, 6-3 victor over Barcelona runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas and Miami Open champion John Isner was edged 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-7 (5) by Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
"After a loss in Madrid, it's important to come back strong".
Number one seed Simona Halep of Romania made it through to the quarter-finals before a ball was struck as her opponent, Madison Keys of the United States, had to retire hurt before she took to the court.
"It felt good", said the 12-time Grand Slam victor.
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In other seeded action, second-seeded German Alexander Zverev bested Italian wild card Matteo Berrettini 7-5, 6-2. I also had control, more or less, of a high percentage of the points. "[Fognini] is a tough player and I'm looking forward to the challenge". "I was surprised when he stopped at 5-4".
Halep needed to reach at least the last eight and go further than world number two Caroline Wozniacki to retain the top ranking going into the French Open.
Edmund next faces ninth seed David Goffin, who was leading 6-2 4-5 when Juan Martin del Potro retired because of a groin injury.
Wozniacki faces 15th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in a late match.
Halep next plays U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens or seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia.
The victor will play Anett Kontaveit, who ousted 1999 champion Venus Williams 6-2, 7-6 (3).
Fourth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine recovered from a stunning 6-0 first set loss to Russia's Daria Kasatkina to take the match following 6-3 and 6-2 wins in the second and third sets respectively.
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Duly reprieved, he went to fifty in just 52 balls, including seven fours, with Shadab following him to the landmark in 89 balls. By the time stumps were drawn early due to bad light after 76 overs, Pakistan had reached 286-6 in their first-innings.