Here’s what I wrote about ten hours ago:
Thiem v Fognini shouldn’t be too tight, but why wouldn’t the Italian sharpen that flat upright BH and scare the Beliemers? Could be a nice match; I’ll be watching.
In other words, really no surprises here. Rome, Fognini . . . there you have it.
He’s a dangerous player especially in conditions like these: clay, home crowd, spoiler, eyes a bigger prize in the QF (with his buddy Rafa). Thiem’s out, which we had for sure in the QF if he made that date with Nadal, but we essentially saw the Fog rolling in on Rome today, as well.
Rest-up for Paris, Dom. That’s when we need you.
The rest of today’s been pretty tame. I said Djoker would hand his foe a 3 and 3, but it turned into a 4 and 2. Nadal blitzed another innocent, Del Potro had a little test but got through against Tsitsipas, and our lost boy contest, wouldn’t you know, went to the no. 21 player in the world over the no. 3. Nishikori has better feet of clay at this point, so we’ll give Dimitrov a bit of break.
Paire and Diego are square at a set-a-piece, Isner and Anderson are gone (you’re in no-(big)man’s land, fellas), and we have Edmund, Shapo and Sascha still to come today in their respective matches. I can see the first two having a bit of difficulty with Pouille and Haase, respectively.
Sascha should continue routinely on his defense of Rome.