Novak Djokovic capped a historic week at the Italian Open, where he overcame Stefanos Tsitsipas to capture a record-extending 38th ATP Masters 1000 crown.
A spectacle that was missing for so much of this year when Djokovic didn’t play because he wasn’t vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Nadal was hampered by a foot problem toward the end of a 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 third-round loss to Denis Shapovalov at the Italian Open on Thursday.
Rafael Nadal demolished John Isner in a comfortable straight-sets win to enter the third round of the Italian Open.
Davidovich Fokina stormed through the end of the opening set and Felix Auger-Aliassime then took a medical timeout to receive treatment on his back.
Conditions were much slower than on the high-altitude court in Madrid, which favoured Nadal and made it tougher for Tsitsipas to execute his attacking game.
Konta next meets either Czech fourth seed Karolina Pliskova or Greek qualifier Maria Sakkari, who beat the British number one on clay in the final of the Moroccan Open earlier this month.
German second seed Zverev was 3-1 up in the decider before two rain stoppages halted his momentum.
For rising German star Alexander Zverev it was a tenth consecutive win after back-to-back title runs at Munich and Madrid.
Replays showed the ball landed inside the sideline but umpire Marta Mrozinska refused to accept Pliskova's arguments to overturn the call.
Svitolina, the fourth seed, received a first round bye and dropped just three games in a dominant 6-1, 6-2 victory over 35th-ranked Petra Martic.
Sharapova giggled with delight as she revealed how she plucked up the courage to pop the question and got to practise with Nadal.