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Update Italian Open: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic enter quarterfinals

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Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have entered the quarterfinals of the Italian Open with straight-set wins in their respective third-round matches.

On Friday, Djokovic defeated his fellow Serb Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7), 6-3 to enter the last eight of the tournament for the 14th straight year.

"It was definitely one of the longest sets I think I have ever played," said Djokovic as per the ATP Tour website after the match. "Never easy, I think, emotionally to play against someone that is one of my best friends for many years...I think the first set could have gone a different way, as well.

"Fortunately for me it went my way and that allowed me to swing through the ball a bit more in the second set. Maybe physically and mentally, he dropped a level and I used my opportunities and capitalised to win in straight sets."


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