Rafael Nadal: Facing Roger Federer in Rome would have been great

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Rafael Nadal: Facing Roger Federer in Rome would have been great

Rafael Nadal was satisfied with his straight-set win over Fernando Verdasco. In his post-match press conference, the Spaniard said: "The beginning of the match has been good. But he was playing great, being honest. I was not playing bad at the beginning at all.

But he was playing unbelievable. No mistakes, a lot of winners, taking the ball early. Was a very difficult first set. Was one of the first sets that I am more happy with. I think I had a good feeling during the whole match. Then after winning that first set, in the second I was able to -- of course, he slows down a little bit, but I was able to play a little bit more aggressive with the forehand.

I did a lot of things well this afternoon. I am very happy to be in semifinals again. Is a good victory." Nadal also commented on Roger Federer and Naomi Osaka withdrawing from the event after playing two matches on Thursday: "That's how it works sometimes, no? That can happen in outdoor conditions.

That's part of the game. I am very sorry for Osaka, especially sorry for Roger. Will be great to have the chance to play against him here in that semifinals. But I going to have another very tough opponent in front like Tsitsipas.

The two matches on the same day, you have a risk. When that happens, of course, there is more risk than with one match."