Nadal reaches Rome semis; Federer and Osaka withdraw injured

ATP Rome Roger Federer makes winning return to open title chase

ATP Rome Roger Federer makes winning return to open title chase

Top-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew from her Italian Open quarterfinal due to a right hand injury on Friday.

The eight-time champion came through 6-4, 6-0 against compatriot Fernando Verdasco to set up a rematch with Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the final.

Tsitsipas advanced after Federer - returning to clay after a two-year absence - retired with a right leg injury before their game.

"Well, I can't expect anything because to be a defending champion in Grand Slam is for the first time for me, so it's something new", Halep said.

Osaka, who broke through by winning the US Open last year and Australian Open this year, did not survive the second round in her two previous appearances in Rome.

"I just feel like it's the way, not necessarily how you perceive yourself, but how other people perceive you, even outside of tennis", Osaka told reporters at All Access Hour ahead of Rome.

I think she's very talented, an excellent player.

"I tried to practice and grip my racquet but I couldn't, and I kept feeling this pain when I tried to move my hand in different directions", she said.

Bertens goes through to meet either Britain's Johanna Konta or Czech Marketa Vondrousova.

"I haven't seen the doctor yet".

The withdrawal is the second of the day, with women's world No. 1 Naomi Osaka withdrawing from her quarterfinal with a hand injury. "Well, it's been a little bit tough because we had to stay late here yesterday but it was the same for all of us, I can't complain about that".

"I haven't really talked to everyone so don't really know the plan is yet".

Osaka also withdrew before a semifinal in Stuttgart, Germany, last month due to an abdominal injury.

At the start of the day, Osaka had needed to make the quarter-finals to ensure Romanian Simona Halep could not swipe the number one ranking and with it top seeding in the French Open starting on May 26.

Federer, who was looking for his first-ever title in Rome made reference to his leg during his press conference yesterday when discussing the wet lines after the court had been watered.

"I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete today", said Federer. Rome has always been one of my favourite cities to visit, and I hope to be back next year.

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