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  • TENNIS

    Djokovic, Nadal to match up in Rome title match

  • ROME — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic will renew their rivalry in the Italian Open final today.
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  • ROME — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic will renew their rivalry in the Italian Open final today.
    There will be an enticing women's championship too, with top-ranked Serena Williams to face Sara Errani, the tournament's first Italian finalist in nearly 30 years.
    Having been stretched to three sets in his opening three matches this week, Nadal finally put in a complete performance with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals on Saturday.
    Earlier, Djokovic took his time before figuring out Milos Raonic's massive serve for a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory in the last key clay-court tuneup before the French Open starts next weekend.
    Williams overcame a second-set lapse to beat Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, while Errani fought back from a 4-1 deficit in the second set for a 6-3, 7-5 win over two-time Rome champion Jelena Jankovic.
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