Swiatek storms into Italian Open semi-finals after another routine win

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Swiatek storms into Italian Open semi-finals after another routine win

Two-time Italian Open champion Iga Swiatek eased into the semi-finals with a 6-1 6-3 win over Madison Keys on Tuesday, and will play either American third seed Coco Gauff or China’s Zheng Qinwen.

The Pole, who has already fashioned a record of 36-4 for the year, faced Keys in a repeat of her recent semi-final clash with America’s Keys in Madrid, which ended with the same scoreline.

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Swiatek broke serve in the opening game, and while Keys won her next service game to love to make it 2-1, the Polish top-seed won the next four games to take the first set in 26 minutes.

Swiatek needed just one break in the second set, which gave her a 3-1 lead, and when the Pole saved four break points in the next game to hold serve, Keys’ chance of a comeback ended.

“Honestly I felt really good today, even if I that knew one or two points could change everything,” Swiatek said.

“I’m glad that I served well because I think when we were kind of even in the games sometimes, I could win two points just by serving.

“It’s something that doesn’t happen often in my game, so today was a good day in terms of that.”

Swiatek is aiming to win her fourth title this year having already won the Qatar Open, Indian Wells and the Madrid Open.

Swiatek’s incredible record

Iga Swiatek now has 75 match wins on clay in 85 WTA matches

Only four players in the Open Era have reached 75 wins on the surface in fewer matches – Monica Seles, Nancy Richey (80), Chris Evert (81) and Margaret Court (82)

She is 80-0 in completed WTA 1000 matches when she’s won the first set

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Highlights of a thrilling clash between Taylor Fritz and Grigor Dimitrov in Rome

Taylor Fritz made it through to the men’s quarter-finals for the first time after the American recovered from losing an epic second-set tie-break – during which he let slip a match point – to see off Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-7 (11-13) 6-1.

Fritz saved all 11 break points he faced to set up a meeting with third-seeded Alexander Zverev after the German beat Nuno Borges 6-2 7-5.

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Dimitrov was heard begging the umpire when his crucial point on 9-8 in the second-set tie-break was given out

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Chilean-Canadian Alejandro Tabilo backed up his stunning third-round win against top-ranked Novak Djokovic by edging Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (12-10) to reach the first Masters quarter-final of his career.

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Highlights of the match between Alexander Zverev against Nuno Borges

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