Rafael Nadal Dispatches Stefanos Tsitsipas To Reach Rome Final
Rafael Nadal next plays either world number one Novak Djokovic or Argentine Diego Schwartzman
Nadal next plays either world number one Djokovic or Schwartzman
Nadal, seeded second, was playing his fourth straight semi-final
But the 32-year-old Spaniard was clinical on the red clay
Defending champion Rafael Nadal swept past Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to advance to his first final on clay this season at the Italian Open on Saturday. The eight-time Rome winner had been stunned by Tsitsipas, seeded eighth, in the semi-finals at the Madrid Open last weekend. But the 32-year-old Spaniard was clinical on the red clay of the Foro Italico winning through in 1hr 42min to maintain his record of having not dropped a set this week.
Nadal, seeded second, was playing his fourth straight semi-final, but had not managed to go further on clay this season.
His run to the Rome final comes just a week before he starts his assault on a 12th French Open title at Roland Garros.