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Nadal sets up another Tsitsipas semi-final showdown in Rome

Nadal sets up another Tsitsipas semi-final showdown in Rome

17/05/2019 at 15:36Updated 17/05/2019 at 15:40

Rafael Nadal booked a semi-final showdown with Stefanos Tsitsipas in Rome after breezing past Fernando Verdasco on Friday.

The eight-time winner beat Verdasco 6-4 6-4 one day after racing through two matches in which he dropped just two games.

Nadal faces Tsitsipas on Saturday, one week after the latter was victorious in their semi-final meeting in Madrid.

Tsitsipas was handed a walkover in Rome after Roger Federer withdrew before their quarter-final.

Federer pulled out due to an injury in his right leg, with the Swiss 37-year-old having played five sets on Thursday after beating both Joao Sousa and Borna Coric.

Earlier on Friday, Diego Schwartzman overcame Kei Nishikori 6-4 6-2 to reach the last four.

Schwartzman will face the victor of Novak Djokovic vs Juan Martin del Potro, with the pair in action later this evening.

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