Nadal beats Shapovalov in three-and-a-half-hour epic

Former World No 1 Rafael Nadal has just secured passage to the quarter final of the Italian Open after enduring a tough great against Denis Shapovalov.

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The Spaniard had to dig deep in the game after losing the first set to the resilient opponent.

Nadal eventually got back into the game and outlasted the Canadian to earn victory 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-3) in the game that 3hrs and 30 minutes.

The 34 year old will be facing the winner of either of Alexander Zverev or Kei Nishikori for a spot at the semis

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