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Nadal turns back Wawrinka in quarters

Updated: April 30, 2010, 7:32 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Rafael Nadal overcame a slow start and defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-1 on Friday to reach the Rome Masters semifinals and stay unbeaten on clay this season.

Aiming for his fifth title at Foro Italico in six years, Nadal had trouble finding his range off Wawrinka's powerful serve. But he finally managed to break the 26th-ranked Swiss player to close the first set before cruising from there.

Nadal improved his record on clay this year to 8-0, having won the Monte Carlo Masters ...

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