15 May 2011

Nadal overwhelms Gasquet

6:37 am on 15 May 2011

A dominant Rafael Nadal broke down Richard Gasquet's resolve and eased into the Rome Masters tennis final with a 7-5 6-1 victory over the 16th seed.

The world No.1 survived some nervous moments in the first set before completing a comprehensive win with a lop-sided second set.

It takes took the Spanish 24-year-old's record at thetournament to 31 wins and just one loss - in 2008 against Juan-Carlos Ferrero - as he aims for a sixth title in seven years in the Italian capital.

Nadal will play either world No.2 Novak Djokovic or No.4 Andy Murray.