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Rome Masters 2016 schedule for Friday, May 13 - Djokovic, Williams hunting for a semi-final place

Suneer Chowdhary in ATP 13 May 2016
Novak Djokovic plays his quarter-final today. (credit: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

The quarterfinals of the 2016 Rome Masters will be played on Friday, May 13 with Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams heading the draw.


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Top seeded Serb Djokovic is set to take on Rafael Nadal, the fifth seed in the third quarterfinal of the day. Djokovic beat Thomaz Bellucci in three sets in the third round despite losing the first set 0-6. He won the next two sets quite comfortably however after having downed Stephane Robert in the second round.

Nadal also needed three sets to defeat Nick Kyrgios in the third round here. However, on this occasion, the Spaniard lost the first set in a tie-breaker before claiming the next two sets with relative ease. Nadal had defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the second round here.

These two men have met 48 times in the past. The current world number one leads the head-to-heads 25-23. The Serbian has not lost to Nadal in the last two years and should be able to edge this one as well.

Ladies top seed Serena Williams will play ninth seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the evening. Serena has not dropped a set at this tournament. The American beat Christina McHale in the third round following a second round win over Anna-Lena Friedsam.

Kuznetsova needed three sets to make her way past Daria Gavrilova in the third round. Prior to that, she had downed Caroline Garcia and Samantha Stosur in straight sets in the first three rounds.

These two ladies had met at the Miami Masters earlier this year with Kuznetsova defeating Williams on the occasion. Serena will be out for revenge and should be able to achieve a favourable result against the Russian.

Third seed Garbina Muguruza will face eleventh seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in the opener for the day. Bacsinszky came from behind to overcome Carla Suarez Navarro in the third round following straight sets wins over Yanina Wickmayer and Lesia Tsurenko in the first two rounds.

Muguruza had a bye in the first round. She has waltzed past Ekaterina Makarova and Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets in the second and third rounds. The Spaniard has a 100 percent win record against Bacsinszky in two previous head-to-heads and will start as the favourite.

Men’s second seed Andy Murray will be up against David Goffin of Belgium later in the afternoon. The Belgian struggled past Leonardo Mayer in the first round here but has been at his fluent best against Jack Sock and Tomas Berdych in the next two rounds. He beat Berdych 6-0, 6-0 in the third round.

Murray beat Jeremy Chardy of France in straight sets in the third round following a win over Mikhail Kukushkin in the second. The second seed has won all three previous head-to-heads against the Belgian and should be able to make it into Saturday’s semi-finals.

Here's the 2016 Rome Masters of Play for Friday, May 13:

Center Court 

Starting at: 12:00 pm
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [11] v Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [3] 
David Goffin (BEL) [12] v Andy Murray (GBR) [2] 
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Rafael Nadal (ESP) [5] 
Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [9] 
Dominic Thiem (AUT) [13] v Kei Nishikori (JPN) [6] 

Grandstand 

Starting at: 12:00 pm
[LL] Lucas Pouille (FRA) v [PR] Juan Monaco (ARG) 
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) v Misako Doi (JPN) 
Madison Keys (USA) v Barbora Strycova (CZE) 

Pietrangeli 

Starting at: 12:00 pm
Jamie Murray (GBR)/Bruno Soares (BRA) [4] v Bob Bryan (USA)/Mike Bryan (USA) [5] 
Oliver Marach (AUT)/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v [PR] Julien Benneteau (FRA)/Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
Vasek Pospisil (CAN)/Jack Sock (USA) [8] v Pablo Cuevas (URU)/Marcel Granollers (ESP) 
Rohan Bopanna (IND)/Florin Mergea (ROU) [6] v Philpp Kohlschreiber (GER)/Viktor Troicki (SRB)

Court 1 

Starting at: 12:00 pm
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)/Elena Vesnina (RUS) [7] v Andreja Klepac (SLO)/Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)
Caroline Garcia (FRA)/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [5] v Andrea Hlavackova (CZE)/Lucie Hradecka (CZE) [4] 
Martina Hingis (SUI)/Sania Mirza (IND) [1] v Raquel Atawo (USA)/Abigail Spears (USA) 
Timea Babos (HUN)/Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [3] v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)/Monica Niculescu (ROU)



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