Rafael Nadal overcame a slow start to beat Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters on Friday.

Aiming for his fifth title at the Foro Italico in five years, Nadal had trouble finding his range off Wawrinka’s powerful serve but finally managed to break the 26th-ranked Swiss player to close out the first set, then cruised from there.

Wawrinka, the 2008 runner-up, dropped only two points in the first four games he served.

Nadal improved his record on clay this season to 8-0, having won the Monte Carlo Masters two weeks ago.

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