Vol. 5 Num 1046 Sat. May 12, 2007  

Nadal on course for Rome title

Second seed Rafael Nadal, Rome champion for the past two years, eased into the quarterfinals with a straightforward victory over Mikhail Youzhny.

Nadal, who earlier on Thursday went to see a doctor after complaining of dizziness, was a picture of health in a 6-2, 6-2 demolition of the Russian 15th seed.

Nadal's victory extended his record-winning streak on clay to a staggering 74 matches and clinched a last eight meeting with Serbian fifth seed Novak Djokovic.

Winner of three ATP titles this year, Djokovic beat Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets.

Nadal said he felt no dizziness in his destruction of Youzhny.

"There were no dizzy spells today," said the 20-year-old Spaniard.

"I felt much better and there were no problems. It was a good day and I'm very happy with the result.

"My game was almost perfect."

Spanish star Rafael Nadal plays a forehand return to Russian Mikhail Youzhny at the Rome's Italian Open on Thursday. Nadal won 6-2, 6-2. PHOTO: AFP