Rafal Nadal, world number 2, is already in the semifinals of the 1000 Masters of Rome, on the way to his eighth triumph in the Foro Italico. The Spaniard got rid of Madrid's Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-0 in 1 hour and 39 minutes, in the duel of Spanish left-handers in the quarterfinals.
Nadal will be measured in the semifinals to the Greek, his executioner in the Masters 1000 of Madrid
In its 20th confrontation as professionals (until yesterday 16-3 for Nadal, 6-1 in clay), the duel was intense and very competitive in the first set, with comeback from Nadal's house. Opened Verdasco breaking the entry service to get 3-1 with deep blows. The one of Manacor, nevertheless, reacted winning the service of the madrileño to equal to 3 games, to accumulate a streak of three games in a row (from 1-3 to 4-3) and again stop the rival serve to finish the first set with 6-4 in one hour and 2 minutes.
After seeing 3-1 down, Nadal linked three games and with 4-4 he saved 40-0; Verdasco sank
The decisive moment of the first set was in the ninth game, with 4-4 and a 40-0 favorable to Verdasco, that was destroying Rafa's service. When he was against the ropes, the Spaniard once resorted to his spirit of survival and his competitor character to save three break balls, risking with his second serve, and take the game with four points in a row (4-5).
In the second set, after break Rafa the service Verdasco in the second game (0-2), the Madrilenian began to physically flounder, complaining of pain. Not in vain, on the eve was on track almost 5 hours, while the Balearic little more than 2. Decisive was the third game, with Nadal at the service, in which the Spaniard saved again three break balls to sign the 0 -3 and track victory.
The survivor the 8th break ball saved of 9 that Verdasco had. After the fourth double fault of the Spaniard, Nadal found a freeway to break the serve and set the 0-4; It was him sixth consecutive game, that came to be 8, with the final 0-6. A second set that lasted 36 minutes.
Nadal will play the semifinal against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, which went through the round withdrawal of Roger Federer, due to physical discomfort in the right leg. It will be a reissue of the semifinal of Madrid, who won the Greek.