Rafael Nadal eases through to Italian Open semi-finals with victory over Fernando Verdasco | Tennis News |

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Rafael Nadal eases through to Italian Open semi-finals with victory over Fernando Verdasco | Tennis News |

Rafael Nadal eases through to Italian Open semi-finals with victory over Fernando Verdasco | Tennis News |

Nadal has dropped just six games in his last three matches –

Rafael Nadal eased through to the Italian Open semi-finals courtesy of a straight sets win over compatriot Fernando Verdasco on Friday.

Nadal, who is still searching for his first clay-court title of 2019, sealed his place in the semi-finals after defeating his fellow Spaniard 6-4 6-0 in 98 minutes.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion now meets eighth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last four, in a repeat of their semi-final clash in Madrid.

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