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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday May 12, 2023

Holger Rune

Holger Rune got his first win and Rome, while Novak Djokovic got his 65th.

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A look inside the numbers of a busy day in Rome, that saw the third round complete on the women’s side, while Novak Djokovic and the top half of the draw rounded out the third round on the men’s side.

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0 – Games lost by Iga Swiatek. The top-seeded Pole blazed past Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-0, 6-0. It’s her second double-bagel in Rome, and two-time defending champion Swiatek stretches her winning streak in the eternal city to 12 matches.

3-0 – Alexei Popyrin’s record against the Top 10 in 2023. The Aussie took out Felix Auger-Aliassime for his fifth career Top 10 win, 6-4 4-6 7-5, and will face Roman Safiullin in the third round. 77th-ranked Popyrin is 11-10 on the season overall.

9-3 – Paula Badosa improves to 9-3 on the clay in 2023 with a big victory over Ons Jabeur, last year’s runner-up in Rome. Badosa won 6-1 6-4 against Jabeur, who is on the mend after suffering a calf injury in Madrid. The Spaniard will face Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk next. Badosa is 4-1 lifetime against Jabeur.

22-1 – Italy’s Jannin Sinner has won 22 of 23 matches against players ranked outside of the Top 20 in 2023. His only loss came against No. 33-ranked Sebastian Korda at Adelaide.

Sinner eased past Thanasi Kokkinakis, 6-1 6-4, to set a third-round clash with Alexander Shevchenko. 2022 Rome quarterfinalist Sinner is 27-6 on the season.

65-10 – Six-time champion Novak Djokovic found his best tennis when he needed it to defeat Argentina’s Tomas Martin Etcheverry, 7-6(5), 6-3. The World No.1 rallied from a break down in the opener, and fought off some physical issues as well, to get the win.

The defending champion is making his 17th appearance at Rome, and he stretched his current winning streak to six in at the Foro Italico. Djokovic, who faces Grigor Dimitrov next, has never failed to reach the quarterfinals.

7 – Match points needed by Jelena Ostapenka, who got past Sorana Cirstea, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, to book a third-round clash with Barbora Krejcikova.

In her last five Rome appearances, Ostapenko has either lost in the first round or reached the quarterfinals. She improved to 3-0 against Cirstea.

1 – Number of Rome wins notched by Holger Rune. The 20-year-old got his first on Friday, defeating Frenchman Arthur Fils, 6-3, 6-3, to set a to-die-for clash with Fabio Foginini in the third round.


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