Roger Federer and Naomi Osaka withdraw from Italian Open quarter-finals

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during a training session during day three of the International BNL d'Italia at Foro Italico

Roger Federer added the Italian Open to his schedule in the build-up to the French Open Credit Getty Images

He had been handed a first-round bye in Rome and, after all of Wednesday's play was postponed due to heavy rain in the Italian capital, Federer had to play twice on Thursday.

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Fernando Verdasco of Spain during their quarterfinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Friday, May 17, 2019.

He said, "I hurt a toe and leg for a couple of games after sliding".

Bertens, who won the Madrid Open last week, will face Marketa Vondrousova or Johanna Konta for a spot in the final.

The world's No. 1 women's player, Naomi Osaka, was scheduled to face Kiki Bertens in the quarterfinals in Rome but withdrew because of a hand injury.

"I woke up this morning and couldn't really move my thumb", Osaka said. "I am not 100 percent physically and, after consultation with my team, it was determined that I not play", Federer said.

Before this year Osaka had never made the last eight of any clay tournament, but has now also reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart and quarter-finals in Madrid as she warms up for the second Grand Slam of the season in Paris.

Osaka's win on Thursday guaranteed she will remain No. 1 going into the French Open. Rome has always been one of my favourite cities to visit, and I hope to be back next year. "Has been little bit hard to hold the body and the tennis level for every day".

I think she's very talented, an excellent player.

The 37-year-old saved two match points to win through 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9/7) against Borna Coric to advance to the quarter-finals after earlier easing to a straight sets win over Portgual's Joaa Suosa.

With nine days to go until the French Open begins at Roland Garros, it remains to be seen whether Federer's injury is serious enough to throw his participation there into doubt.

Japan's Kei Nishikori, the sixth seed, got past American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 6-4 and then Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in three sets.

"I know what happened last week, and I [am] going to try to do it better tomorrow", Nadal said.

The world number 24, a French Open quarter-finalist past year, has not dropped a set so far on the red clay of the Foro Italico and next faces either the top-ranked Djokovic or compatriot Juan Martin del Potro.

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