Italian Open

Nick Kyrgios defaulted from Italian Open after hurling chair across court

The volatile Australian was playing his second-round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud at the Foro Italico and had levelled the clash at one set all after losing the opener.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal advanced with routine wins in the first of their two matches at the Italian Open on Thursday.

A washout on Wednesday backed up play, causing the title contenders to try to win their double-headers as efficiently as possible to save energy.

Federer saved all seven break points he faced to beat João Sousa 6-4, 6-3, and is due to play Borna Coric for a spot in the quarterfinals.

En route to breaking Sousa midway through the first set, Federer ran down a drop shot with a perfectly timed slide and replied with a delicate, angled put away.

The eight-time Rome champion Nadal cruised past Jeremy Chardy 6-0, 6-1 and will meet Nikoloz Basilashvili.

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