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Friday, May 17, 2019

Nadal reaches Italian Open semis; Federer, Osaka withdraw injured

Italian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal reaches semi Final after Federer, Osaka withdraws injured.

Rafael Nadal put away Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-0 at the Italian Open on Friday, and ought to be a little nervous.

He’s conceded only six games in six sets at the Foro Italico, but he’s reached the semifinals.

Nadal has fallen in the semifinals of his last three tournaments — all on his favored clay. And Rafael Nadal next game opponent is Stefanos Tsitsipas in Rome open Semi-Final, whom Nadal lost to in Madrid last week.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer and top-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew from Italian Open before their quarterfinals because of serious Hand & Leg injuries.

Nadal reaches Italian Open semi final; Federer, Osaka withdraw injured

“I know what happened last week, and I (am) going to try to do it better tomorrow,” Nadal said.
 “I have to hold the level or increase a little bit more. If that happens, I (am) going to have my chances. The good thing is during the last month my feeling is every week was better than the previous one.” 

 Tsitsipas, 20, is up to No. 7 in the rankings. 

 “Every year, we make (a) prediction with the team which player is going to be at the top 10 at the end of the season,” Nadal said. “I put Tsitsipas there. ... He started even better than what I (expected). He deserves to be where he is now.”

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