Nadal hits top form against Federer to claim Rome title

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Nadal vs Federer game by game report here: Nadal v Federer Rome 2013 final as it happened

Rafa Nadal maintained his superb form and brushed aside Roger Federer to defend his Rome title at Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2013.

Second seed Federer stood no chances in today’s Rome Masters final as he was blown off the court by his archrival Nadal, seed number five. While FedEx seized the opening game of the clash, the king of clay ruled the rest of the set, converting all three of his break balls and claiming the opener in twenty-four minutes. Rafa won 86% service points and 59% return points in the first set (Federer 41% – 14%).

Rafa marched on in the second set as well, extending his run to nine straight games before letting Federer get on the board at 3-1. However, the Spaniard doubled his one break lead by 5-1 and while the Swiss Maestro pegged one back in the following game, he could not change the course of events. Nadal held his final service game of the tournament to love to wrap up the proceedings with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph after seventy minutes of play.

Rafa thus retained his last year’s Rome crown, conquering the tournament for the seventh time. He has won fourteen out of twenty finals against Federer who beat Nadal only ten times in thirty attempts at ATP events. The former number one Spaniard lifted his sixth trophy of the season in Rome today and will advance to the fourth spot on the ATP Rankings on Monday.

“If you told me four or five months ago that after eight tournaments I would have won six titles from eight finals, I would say you are crazy,” Nadal stated after the final. “All I can say is ‘thank you for the support and to my team’. Thanks to them I have the chance to be here again and compete. I don’t want to think about Roland Garros yet. Let me enjoy this victory.”

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