Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Canada's Denis Shapovalov, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Thursday, May 17, 2018 (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal methodically wore down Denis Shapovalov in a 6-4, 6-1 win to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals and gain a measure of revenge against the Canadian teenager.Shapovalov saved eight break points in his opening two service games before finally dropping his serve midway through the first set in Rome Thursday.Nadal is also attempting to regain the top spot this week. He'll replace Roger Federer at No. 1 if he wins an eighth Rome title.Nadal, who hasn't won the Italian Open since 2013, will next face Fabio Fognini, who beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4 to reach his first quarterfinal in 11 appearances at his home tournament.
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