Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nadal Wins Italian Open

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nadal Wins Italian Open

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Rafael Nadal showed he's still the man to beat on clay, defeating Novak Djokovic, 7-5, 6-3, Monday in a rain-delayed final in Rome to win his record sixth Italian Open and regain the No. 2 ranking.

After losing to Djokovic in seven consecutive finals -- including Rome a year ago -- Nadal has won two in a row against the top- ranked Serb after also capturing the Monte Carlo Masters on clay. Nadal moved ahead of Roger Federer in the rankings with the French Open starting Sunday.

"I don't think I played that well. I can do better," Nadal said. "When you are not serving 100 percent perfect then you are in trouble because he returns hard. I am trying to play more aggressive and I am hitting the ball better than last year."

Nadal did not drop a set in the tournament to clinch his third Italian Open victory in four years, with his winning streak interrupted a year ago by Djokovic.

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