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Rome, 2024:

Hubert Hurkacz Defeats Rafael Nadal; Swiatek, Osaka Advance

Written by Edda Bevilacqua

Hubert Hurkacz of Poland defeated Spain’s Rafael Nadal in what could be Nadal’s final appearance in Rome. Hurkacz defeated Nadal in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Rafael Nadal, a ten-time champion in Rome, said this may be his final season before retirement. Hurkacz said about playing Nadal, “Playing Rafa is just something special. He’s just bigger than the sport at the end of the day.”

On the women’s side, Iga Swiatek defeated Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 6-3. 6-4 to book her spot in the Round of 16. She takes on Germany’s Angelique Kerber next. Naomi Osaka also advanced, defeating Daria Kasatkina in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.