2 May 2009

Nadal beats Verdasco, Federer to meet Djokovic

11:38 am on 2 May 2009

The top seed Rafael Nadal has overcome fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the Masters tennis tournament in Rome.

Nadal now faces the 12th-seeded Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, who beat the Argentine qualifier Juan Monaco 2-6 6-3 6-4.

The other semi-final sees Roger Federer play the holder Novak Djokovic, after the Swiss world number two's 7-6 6-2 victory over the German qualifier Mischa Zverev.

Djokovic, the Serbian world number three, eased into the last four with a 6-3 6-4 win over Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro.