Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic have both produced easy wins to cruise into the last eight of the Italian Open in Rome.
Canadian fifth seed Raonic dispatched Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-3 while the sixth-seeded former US Open winner Cilic of Croatia beat Belgian David Goffin 6-3 6-4.
Germany’s 20-year-old Alexander Zverev, the youngest man in the ATP top 20, lined up a Friday date with Raonic as he broke Italian hearts with his midday defeat of Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-3.
Only 48 hours earlier, the flamboyant and unpredictable Fognini had turned the tournament on its head with his straight-sets knockout of top seed Andy Murray
Fognini did not go down without a fight on his home Court Centrale, arguing with the chair umpire over a line call before taking the loss with 27 unforced errors.
“It was a great match for me, I think I played very well,” No.17 Zverev said.
“I was very aggressive from the baseline.
“Fabio is someone who plays well here. And he beat the world number one a few days ago. I was feeling the ball very well and was very aggressive and it worked out well for me.”