Naomi Osaka embracing clay but calendar slam is probably beyond her

Naomi Osaka embracing clay but calendar slam is probably beyond her

Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Italian Open in Rome with an injury to his right leg, tournament organisers have confirmed.

Spain's defending champion Nadal, chasing a ninth Italian Open title, is in quarter-final action against compatriot Verdasco later on Friday.

It was a tough match for the 20-time grand slam champion as he saved two match points to move to the last 8 in Rome.

Nadal has fallen in the semifinals of his last three tournaments - all on his favored clay.

Osaka's win on Thursday guaranteed that she will remain No. 1 going into the French Open.

"I just feel like it's the way, not necessarily how you perceive yourself, but how other people perceive you, even outside of tennis", Osaka told reporters at All Access Hour ahead of Rome.

"I can't move my hand". Hopefully I can win some matches. "I tried to practise and grip my racket but I couldn't, and I kept feeling this pain when I tried to move my hand in different directions".

Bertens goes through to meet either Britain's Johanna Konta or Czech Marketa Vondrousova. "We will see. I'm very curious, as well".

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Osaka won twice on Thursday after the previous day's play was rained off, retaining the world number one ranking ahead of Roland Garros. "I don't know why I have it". "I've never had this problem before, it's brand new".

"Grand Slams to me are like a playground, I have a lot of fun there".

At the start of the day, Osaka had needed to make the quarter-finals to ensure Romanian Simona Halep could not swipe the number one ranking and with it top seeding in the French Open starting on May 26.

Roger Federer, a four-time finalist in Rome, trailed 0-4 before dropping the first set, coming back in the second and saving two match points in the third set tie-break.

He said, "I hurt a toe and leg for a couple of games after sliding". Rome has always been one of my favourite cities to visit, and I hope to be back next year.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion had been on court for almost four hours on Thursday, saving two match points to win through in three sets against Borna Coric after earlier easing to a straight sets win over Portgual's Joao Sousa.

Japan's Kei Nishikori, the sixth seed, got past American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 6-4 and then Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in three sets.

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