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Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to win Italian Open

(CNN)Rafael Nadal had to dig deep to beat Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rome Masters and claim his first title of the season, winning 6-0 4-6 6-1 after more than two hours of intense battle.It was a thrilling precursor to what could well be the same lineup in the French Open final at Roland Garros next month.After a patchy start to the clay court season, Nadal looked near his unstoppable best at times against Djokovic who had no answer to his opponent's thundering ground strokes in the opening set, as Nadal secured the first ever bagel in the pair's rivalry -- 54 matches and 142 sets.READ: Nick Kyrgios throws chair during Italian Open meltdownREAD: French Open fast factsDjokovic provided a sterner test for the Spaniard in the second s ...
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