Federer and Osaka withdraw from Rome quarters with injuries

Federer and Osaka withdraw from Rome quarters with injuries

World No.1 Naomi Osaka made it clear she is eyeing the No.1 seed at Roland Garros, but to reach that milestone she would once again have to hold off No.2 and reigning French Open champion Simona Halep this week at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

He's conceded only six games in six sets at the Foro Italico, but he's reached the semifinals.

The 24th-ranked Schwartzman will face top-ranked Novak Djokovic or fellow Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.

This time past year, Naomi Osaka had never won a grand slam, was ranked outside the top-20 and could only win one game in an Italian Open second-round match against Simona Halep that lasted 59 minutes.

And for me, after the Australian Open they said that I was going to be No. 1.

It was a tough match for the 20-time grand slam champion as he saved two match points to move to the last 8 in Rome. Rome has always been one of my favourite cities to visit, and I hope to be back next year.

Federer, who had been due to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals, came through two matches Thursday at the rain-affected tournament, beating Joao Sousa in straight sets before being forced to a deciding set against Borna Coric later in the day.

Osaka couldn't immediately say how serious was her injury, or if it will affect her status for Roland Garros, which starts in nine days.

"I woke up this morning and I couldn't really move my thumb", the 21-year-old told a press conference.

"I like the fact that I didn't play yesterday because I felt like I needed an extra maybe day of rest and recovery a little bit", said the Serb. "So I was like, maybe I slept on it and maybe it will go away, but it didn't". "That's why I'm kind of confused right now because I literally woke up in the morning and couldn't move my thumb", Osaka said.

Halep had a chance to retake the No.1 ranking in Madrid but fell short to Kiki Bertens in the final.

"I'm going to take it like how I went to Australia", added Osaka, who also retired with a leg injury against Bertens in the WTA Finals last October before going on to win in Melbourne. "The good thing is during the last month my feeling is every week was better than the previous one".

"I haven't really talked to everyone so don't really know the plan is yet".

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