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Friday at the Tennis

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Roger Federer could set up a possible blockbuster semi-final against Rafael Nadal at the Rome Masters when he takes on Tomas Berdych on Court Centrale on Friday. 

The Swiss world No 2 survived a late fightback by Kevin Anderson on Thursday to book his place in the quarter-finals and a showdown against the Czech player.

Berdych, a runner-up in the Monte Carlo final to Novak Djokovic, will be expected to give the 17-time Grand Slam champion a testing encounter after ending Fabio Fognini's run on his home dirt.

Seven-time champion Nadal, who has won just one ATP title this season in Buenos Aires, faces a mouth-watering evening clash against Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

The Swiss No 2 seems to have rediscovered his best form ahead of the French Open which starts on May 24.

Djokovic in action

Belgian David Goffin, who received a walkover after back-to-back champion at Munich and Madrid Andy Murray pulled out due to fatigue, will meet David Ferrer on Grandstand after the Spaniard beat countryman Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

The winner of that quarter-final could come up against world No 1 Djokovic, who battled through against Brazilian qualifier Thomaz Bellucci.

The Serb took his career record on the clay of the Italian capital to a 31-5, with titles in 2008, 2011 and a year ago over Nadal.

The defending champion, riding an 18-match winning streak, faces fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori after the Japanese trailblazer eased past Viktor Troicki.

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