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Rafael Nadal reaches Italian Open semis

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame a deficient first set and a partisan crowd to overcome Fabio Fognini Four-6, 6-1, 6-2 and succeed in the Italian Open semifinals on Friday.

The crowd on the Foro Italico used to be decidedly at the back of Fognini, Italy’s best participant, and Nadal used to be beneath drive when Fognini gained 5 directly video games to cancel out a Four-1 deficit and win the hole set.

But Fognini could not stay alongside of Nadal’s consistency and heavy topspin at the purple clay court docket and in the end used to be bodily worn down.

Fognini had tape implemented beneath his left knee whilst trailing Three-2 within the 3rd set because of an obvious bodily drawback.

For a place within the ultimate, Nadal will play four-time Rome champion Novak Djokovic or Kei Nishikori.

In the ladies’s quarterfinals, protecting champion Elina Svitolina defeated Angelique Kerber 6-Four, 6-Four for her 6th directly victory over the previous No. 1 participant.

Svitolina will subsequent face Caroline Wozniacki or Anett Kontaveit.​

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