Nadal ends losing streak against Zverev with win in Rome

ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal has ended a run of three straight losses to Alexander Zverev with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over the German to reach the Italian Open semifinals. Zverev beat Nadal in straight sets at the same stage in Madrid a week ago but their latest meeting went the Spaniard’s way from the start. Nadal next faces big-serving American Reilly Opelka. Novak Djokovic’s quarterfinal against Stefanos Tsitsipas was suspended due to rain with Tsitsipas ahead 6-4, 2-1. Top-ranked Ash Barty withdrew with a right arm injury while leading Coco Gauff. Karolina Pliskova and Petra Martic also reached the women’s semifinals.