ATP Madrid Masters: Rafael Nadal eyes a third straight title after reaching Rome semis

Last Updated: 18/05/13 5:27pm

  • Share:

Sky Bet

Rafael Nadal remained on course for a seventh ATP Rome Masters title after triumphing against compatriot David Ferrer once again, 6-4 4-6 6-2.

The former world No 1 extended his winning streak over Ferrer to 16 matches to come through in two hours and 46 minutes on centre court at the Foro Italico.

It was Nadal's second win over Ferrer inside a fortnight after his quarter-final victory over him on his way to the Madrid Masters title last week.

And after winning the opening set the defending French Open champion seemed to be on his way to a comfortable victory, but Ferrer had other ideas and turned the contest into a slug-fest.

Fourth-seeded Ferrer fought back valiantly in the second set by taking the game to his opponent, but there was an inevitability about proceedings as Nadal broke at the start of the decider and walked off the winner.

"I played a great match against a difficult opponent, so this victory for me is very special," said Nadal.

The fifth-seed from Mallorca is on course for a third straight title after victories in Barcelona and Madrid.

He will next meet Tomas Berdych for a place in the final on Saturday after the Czech upset Novak Djokovic.

Paire progress

Meanwhile, 36th-ranked French surprise package Benoit Paire continued his good run of form by qualifying for his first Masters semi-final with a 6-1 6-0 win over Spaniard Marcel Granollers.

He will next face Roger Federer after he came through 6-4 7-6 (7/2) against big-hitting Pole Jerzy Janowicz.

Federer wrapped up the first set comfortably but in a tighter second set the 31-year-old Swiss ace was forced into a series of unforced errors by the service game of the giant 23-year-old from Lodz.

Janowicz built a 5-4 lead in the second but then squandered a chance to level the match when he made two double faults in the 10th game.

Federer, who is looking to win in Rome for the first time in his career, fought back to level at 6-6 and dominated 24th-ranked Janowicz in the tie-break.

  • Share:

Related

ATP Rome Masters 2013

Federer: outplayed by Nadal

Rafa's Fed up!

Peter Fleming says Roger Federer needs to change his game to beat Rafa Nadal at the French Open.

Rafa Nadal: Rome master against Federer

Rafa reigns in Rome

Rafa Nadal took just over an hour to send Roger Federer packing 6-1 6-3 and claim the Rome Masters title.

Rafa Nadal: Spaniard hard at work on his favourite surface

Old rivals meet again in Rome

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer clash for the first time on clay in 23 months, in Sunday's final of the Rome Masters.

Related Profiles

Most Popular

Features

Out of time

Out of time

Rafael Nadal’s hopes of retaining his US Open title are becoming increasingly slim, says Barry Cowan.

Ready to relaunch

Ready to relaunch

Mike Wedderburn kicks off the countdown to the Sky Sports News relaunch to Sky Sports News HQ.

Fed v The Don

Fed v The Don

Roger Federer scales new heights against Lindsey Vonn in chocolate heaven. We pay a visit to Switzerland.