Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nadal, Serena Williams Reach Italian Open Semis

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nadal, Serena Williams Reach Italian Open Semis

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ROME --

Down to No. 3 in the rankings this week, Rafael Nadal showed he's still a major threat on clay with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Tomas Berdych today to reach the Italian Open semifinals.

Berdych was coming off a runner-up performance at the Madrid Open. He lost to Roger Federer, who then replaced Nadal at No. 2.

Nadal broke in the opening game to take control of the first set. He recovered a break midway through the second before pulling ahead for good in his quest to win the French Open warm-up event in Italy for a record sixth time.

Nadal dominated from the baseline, committed just 10 unforced errors and hit 34 winners against his opponent's 28.

Nadal's semifinal opponent will be sixth-seeded David Ferrer, who beat Richard Gasquet 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic will play No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga later Friday and Federer will be up against local hope Andreas Seppi of Italy.

In women's play, Serena Williams reached the last four after Flavia Pennetta retired with a right wrist problem while trailing 4- 0 in the first set. …

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